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What is a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, depending on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a history, performing an examination and establishing a diagnosis, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is an evidence-informed, non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors practice primarily using their hands, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.
One of the most common therapies a chiropractor uses is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), which comprise a variety of adjustment techniques. Specific training in SMT allows chiropractors to provide highly-skilled and precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.
For many conditions, such as low back pain, chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment. When a multi-disciplinary approach is advisable, a chiropractor will coordinate care with other health care professionals. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical or other treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions.
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:
Strains and sprains
Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
Work and sports injuries
Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder,
neck or limbs
Almost 2.7 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.
(The above information is directly from the OCA website)
Chiropractors are musculoskeletal experts and can assess, diagnose and treat conditions involving the joints and muscles of the entire body. If you have any aches or pains from head to toe, getting assessed by an evidence-based chiropractor is often a good place to start.
Dr. Brum performs a comprehensive exam on each patient, including a detailed history and physical examination, to arrive at a diagnosis and formulate an appropriate plan of management. If the assessment findings indicate any need for further investigation and/or the attention of another health professional, you will be referred in the right direction. Dr. Brum values interprofessional collaboration and believes in communicating appropriately with your other current healthcare providers to achieve optimal health outcomes.
Chiropractor treatment plans are individualized and may include any combination of the following: spinal manipulation/mobilization, myofascial release, contemporary medical acupuncture, therapeutic exercise and other self-care strategies.
Most health insurance plans cover chiropractor appointments and our HIH administrative team offers direct billing for your convenience.
Joint manipulation or “adjustments” are performed by applying a quick, low-force thrust to any “restricted” joint to restore motion. Joint manipulation relieves pain, improves mobility and reduces tension in surrounding muscles. Sometimes an audible “pop” or “crack” is heard during an adjustment. This sound is simply a release in gas bubbles due to a change in pressure within the joint fluid. Adjustments are safe for most people and an effective treatment option for many conditions, but this intervention is only selected when it suits both an individual’s health history and preferences.
Soft Tissue Therapies
Soft tissue therapies include myofascial release, vibration-assisted and instrument-assisted techniques. Myofascial release combines manual compression of a target tissue (ex. a “tight” muscle) with movement to simultaneously stretch the tissue. The goal of soft tissue therapy is to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, relieve pain, stimulate a healing response, and restore flexibility.
Medical acupuncture is performed by inserting thin needles into specific target points with the goal of controlling pain, increasing tissue healing and improving function. Acupuncture achieves these goals by increasing blood flow and oxygen delivery to the target tissues, stimulating muscle activation, modulating the nervous system and blocking pain signals to the brain.
The time that you spend at home, at work, in your car and in bed far exceeds the 15-30 minutes you spend in the clinic receiving treatment. In some cases, minimal benefit will be noticed if source of the problem is not addressed. For greater and longer-lasting benefits, it is necessary to take control, be active in your care and make any recommended lifestyle changes. Performing the therapeutic exercises prescribed to you will help restore any imbalances, increase tissue flexibility, build strength and ease pain. As a bonus, healthy, strong and flexible muscles may help prevent future injury!