CHIROPRACTIC – WHAT IS IT?
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractors supply a diagnosis after a thorough examination and then provide treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints .A Chiropractor is specifically trained to locate and correct misalignments in the spine with a chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Jennifer has her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College for a total of 8 years of post secondary education.
So what does all that mean? Essentially Chiropractors look at the bones and joints of primarily your spine but also all through your body and assess them for alignment and irregularities. Your spinal column protects the spinal cord which transmits information from your brain out to every muscle, organ, tissue and cell in your body. When the bones and joints of the vertebral column lose their proper mobility, alignment and/or functional ability they irritate the nerves passing between them and these fixations affect the ability of that nerve to properly transmit information to the body. This distortion of information affects function of muscles, ligaments and joints and can lead to imbalances and eventually to pain.
When Chiropractors find joints that are not functioning properly we provide treatment via something called the “adjustment”. The adjustment can be delivered a number of different ways including manually (with the hands) or with lower force techniques such as drop pieces on the table or a small adjusting instrument. This is a very safe, effective and comfortable treatment –you will love it! The adjustment is often accompanied by soft tissue therapy, exercises, nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
Chiropractic care can provide symptomatic relief for patients with acute and chronic conditions but the primary focus is on general health and well-being of patients. Most new patients see Dr. Jen due to a painful “boo-boo” and what the treatment strives to do is to get patients out of acute pain and then educate them about the benefits of preventive care – keeping the spine and other joints of the body in good alignment to PREVENT pain.
Chiropractic care is also very important for children – “as the twig is bent, so grows the tree”. Children bump and thump their way through life, not feeling the little things that can lead to bigger issues as adults. Chiropractors can correct these misalignments as well as help boost immune systems, correct postures (from video games and cell phones), resolve headaches and sleep issues.
Chiropractic care is not just about back pain! Although we very effectively treat lower back pain we also work with: headaches, migraines, sinus congestion, jaw pain, neck pain, upper back pain, rib pain, repetitive strain injuries, shoulder issues, elbow issues, athletic injuries as well as improving athletic performance, working to achieve healthy pregnancies, arthritic management in seniors, hip and knee issues, foot and ankle issues including plantar fasciitis, colicy babies, torticollis in babies and much more!
Essentially when something in your body is not moving properly it affects that area as well as other areas trying to compensate for the immobility. This can result in all sorts of interesting symptoms that steam from one primary issue.
“It’s my job to find the primary issue that is bothering you, fix it and then let your body deal with things properly as it knows innately how to do. I love what I do – come and find out how I can help you and your family.” Dr. Jen