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Chiropractic

Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.

Why see a Chiropractor?

People who suffer with pain from workplace or motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, stress and even everyday activities seek chiropractic care for their pain relief. Lethbridge Chiropractic

People see a chiropractor for:

  • Back pain (See this video about chiropractic treatment for back pain)
  • Neck pain (See this video about chiropractic treatment for neck pain)
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Whiplash and car accident injuries
  • Strains and sprains from day-to-day tasks or sports injuries
  • Workplace injuries Lethbridge Chiropractic
  • General health and well-being | Lethbridge chiropractic

Patient Satisfaction

Back pain – The Consumer Reports Overview of Alternative Therapies (July 2011) revealed that chiropractic was rated as the most effective treatment for back pain. Chiropractic was rated higher than all other back-pain treatments. The Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center survey (April 2009) indicated that chiropractic was the most satisfying treatment available for back pain.

Neck pain – The Consumer Reports Overview of Alternative Therapies (July 2011) found that chiropractic was rated as the most effective treatment for neck pain. Chiropractic was rated higher than all other neck-pain treatments.

Headaches – The Consumer Reports Overview of Alternative Therapies (July 2011) revealed that chiropractic was one of the top three most effective treatments for headaches and the highest rated drug-free approach to headache treatment.

What happens during a visit to a chiropractor?

VIDEO: What to expect during your first visit to a chiropractor

On your first visit, you will fill out preliminary paperwork that will indicate to the chiropractor why you are seeking care. The chiropractor will then use a variety of diagnostic techniques, including asking questions about your injury or condition, performing a physical examination and perhaps taking X-rays (if necessary). Once your condition is assessed, the chiropractor will recommend the optimal forms of treatment, as well as some alternatives.

VIDEO: What is a chiropractic adjustment?

The primary treatment used by chiropractors is a chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation); a gentle, controlled and directed pressure that helps to restore the spine’s ability to function normally. This form of therapy is now also being used by many medical doctors, physiotherapists and other health care providers, as the benefits of its use are realized in the scientific literature.

Chiropractors will also use therapies that may include joint mobilization, soft-tissue therapies (such as deep-tissue massage and trigger-point therapy), medical acupuncture, laser therapy, heat, cold and rehabilitative exercises as treatment methods; they do not treat patients with drugs or surgery.

Chiropractic Education

The World Health Organization has set standards for the education of doctors of chiropractic. Chiropractic students in Canada complete a minimum of 7-years of post-secondary education, including at least 3-years of an undergraduate university degree and a 4-year chiropractic program of over 4500 classroom hours. In addition to time spent in the classroom, chiropractic students spend over 250 hours dissecting human cadavers and at least 1000 hours treating patients in a supervised clinic setting. Following successful completion of their education, chiropractors must pass the National licensing exams in order to receive a licensed to practice in Canada.

Chiropractic Research Lethbridge Chiropractic

Years of scientific research have proven that chiropractic care is effective and beneficial to patients. Manual therapies commonly used by chiropractors are effective for the treatment of low back pain, lumbar disc herniation with sciatica, neck pain, some forms of headache, and some extremity joint conditions.

For more information, see this published review paper; or see the evidence for the treatment of specific conditions here; or see a summary of recent chiropractic research for various conditions here.

Why Able Body for Lethbridge Chiropractic?

The chiropractors at Able Body Health Clinic in Lethbridge are highly skilled and qualified individuals who have demonstrated a passion for working in their patients’ best interests to provide them with effective, reliable healthcare solutions.

As experts in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, many of our chiropractors have taught seminars to other healthcare professionals; are accomplished scientific researchers and authors; and are skilled and/or certified in a variety of treatment techniques.

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