What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a holistic evidence based approach that analyzes a person’s posture, range of motion, joint alignment, joint movement, muscle and tissue tone, muscle balance, AND muscle and nerve function; in order to identify abnormalities or suboptimal biomechanics (movement, alignment and function) and more importantly, “interference in your nervous system.” [Evidence based = extensive research, clinical prediction rules, standardized practice guidelines and protocols.]
Your nervous system governs every function in your body from growth and repair to your immune function. Every second of the day your Brain receives 1000’s of signals from all over your body letting it know what is going on. These signals are messages from special sensors located everywhere in your body. The signals/messages travel on information super highways to your Brain. Your Brain then sends operating instructions down the super highways to every tissue and cell in your body. When you have abnormalities in your biomechanics, it causes “traffic jams” and even “road closures” in your highways. The information can’t get to or from the Brain properly. Chiropractors call this “Nerve Interference” and it can obviously impact any and all function in your body.
Chiropractors identify and correct abnormal biomechanics and therefore, remove nerve inference in your body. Traditional Chiropractic uses high velocity (fast) low amplitude (gentle) manual (by hand) thrusts to restore proper joint alignment and motion. The “adjustment” to the joint and surrounding area not only removes the road blocks / traffic jams but it also stimulates a huge number of sensors which simultaneously send messages to your Brain. So now, the messages are not only able to get through but the massive influx of messages gets your Brain’s attention, and it now focuses on what else is needed to further heal or repair the area.
Treatment by MSK Experts
Chiropractors are extensively educated in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and associated neurological system and will recommend a course of treatment to help relieve pain and improve function without surgery or pharmaceuticals, such as manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapy, exercise, education, modalities (i.e. ultrasound or laser) and rehabilitation. Chiropractors are also trained to provide nutritional counselling, as well as recommend injury prevention strategies.
Specific training in spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) allows chiropractors to provide adjustments using highly-skilled and precise movements to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function. (This motion can be accompanied by an audible pop. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape from the joint capsule causing the popping noise, similar to cracking your knuckles.)
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
- Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Better posture
- Relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Enhanced athletic performance
- Improved flexibility
- Relief of pregnancy-related backache
- Correction of gait and foot problems
We welcome to the TPMC family Dr. Campbell, a Canadian trained Chiropractor who also has a degree in Kinesiology – Sports Medicine and is a certified Integrated Nutrition and Health Coach. Book your appointment now.