What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is an increasingly popular form of alternative healthcare being used by many Canadians annually – about 4.5 million people every year!
Doctors of Chiropractic assess, diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health conditions and disorders related to the musculoskeletal system of the body.
However, with their adept knowledge of the nervous system, they have been known to help people recover from other conditions such as digestive problems, acne and even concussions.
Holistic, Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Healthcare
Most Chiropractors perform manual adjustments on patients to:
- help realign the musculoskeletal system (subluxations)
- restore range of motion
- relieve pain and discomfort
This technique is non-invasive, as are the other techniques Chiropractors offer that compliment manual adjustments including (but not limited to):
- Cold laser therapy
- Massage therapy
- Ultrasound therapy
- Functional neurology
Referral to Other Practitioners
A big part of Chiropractic is providing drug-free healthcare, which is why you’ll almost never hear a Chiropractor recommend taking prescription drugs.
However, some patients may require anti-biotics to recover from a bad infection or threatening illness, for example. Your Chiropractor knows when refering you to another healthcare professional would be in your best interest.
Your Chiropractor may also discover something alarming during their assessments and adjustments. For example, an abnormal lump may spur your Chiropractor to refer you to a hospital where further tests can be done.
What Can Chiropractic Care Treat?
- Back, neck, knee, hip, elbow, joint pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries like strains and sprains
- Whiplash and other motor vehicle accident-related injuries
- Workplace injuries (WCB)
- General health and well-being
- Preventative maintenance
Learn more about treatable diseases and conditions at Revelation Health Chiropractic Care Services today.
What to Expect on Your First Chiropractic Visit
What should you expect on your first-ever visit to the Chiropractor? All new patients undergo a thorough initial assessment before further treatment.
Your first visit will be longer than successive ones for that reason. Afterwards, each treatment typically lasts between 5 to 15 minutes long depending on the patient’s needs.
Chiropractors will act like an investigator, asking you questions about your health, injuries and medications. Family health history is also a hot topic as it can give them insight into your susceptibility to certain conditions, diseases and injuries.
During manual adjustments, some people may experience “cracking noises.” Not to worry, these are completely normal. Learn more:
- What is the Cracking Sound During Chiropractic Adjustments?
- How Long Should You See Your Chiropractor For?
Not All Chiropractors are the Same
While the general techniques of Chiropractic care similar, Chiropractors go about treatment for their patients in a different way.
For example, one Chiropractor may use a certain technique that others don’t. Also, one might be much more experienced in treating a certain condition versus another.
Dr. John Battershill at Revelation Health, for example, has 30 years of experience and specializes in treating concussions and traumatic brain injuries using basic functional neurology. He also specializes in all sorts of sports injuries.
- Learn more at Sport Injury Clinic in Calgary: Revelation Health
It’s important to educate yourself on what types of treatment you may need for your symptoms and / or conditions before booking an appointment with a Doctor of Chiropractic. That way you’ll get the most out of your treatment.
Education & Training
Doctors of Chiropractic are required to complete a minimum of seven years of education in the post-secondary class of institutions. This includes a four-year academic program at an accredited Chiropractic college.
There are only two such institutions in Canada. They are:
- L’ Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieries
- The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto
Maintaining professional competency is also required. Chiropractors in Alberta must pass the national board exam and attend various courses and seminars that have been approved as appropriate for continuing education purposes.
This is part of the Council on Chiropractic Education of Canada’s rules and regulations for the accreditation of Chiropractic medicine.
Research & Safety
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline grounded in science and endorsed by several research publications and clinical trials throughout the years.
There are researchers across Canada and around the world who are actively engaged in investigating the effectiveness and safety of Chiropractic for patient care as we speak. While it’s already a known as a safe form of alternative healthcare, continued research helps practitioners and patients alike.
As mentioned above, Chiropractic care is non-invasive, drug-free and holistic in nature. As a result, the risk of serious side effects is almost zero.
After adjustments, some patients (not many) experience slight irritation and maybe some soreness. Not to worry, this is a good sign that your body’s cells have been activated, that blood is flowing to the adjusted region and that recovery should be on its way.
Questions about Chiropractic Care at RHC?
Call us anytime at 403-284-2082 and our staff / healthcare providers will be happy to answer any questions you have about our clinic services.
We are looking forward to helping you accomplish your personal health goals!