What is Chiropractic?

The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand”. Chiropractic is a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that focuses on the musculoskeletal system and nervous system. Chiropractic is a safe and gentle manual treatment that provides a diagnosis, treatment plan and preventative care for the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. Chiropractic is the art of manual therapy that aims to restore proper nerve flow to our body to promote the body’s natural healing abilities. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are determined based on the specific needs of the individual patient. Chiropractors are well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.

Why is a healthy spine so important?

Our body is controlled and coordinated by the central nervous system which is made up of our brain and spinal cord. The brain acts as the control center for all of the functions of our body. The spinal cord relays messages from the brain to all our muscles, organs and tissues through tiny nerves passing out of small holes (joints) in our spine. The spinal cord and all of the exiting nerves are protected by our spine, which is made up of 24 moveable vertebrae. These vertebrae help us bend, twist, flex and move freely without compromising our nerves. If our spine is not moving freely then we have what is called a “spinal subluxation“. A spinal subluxation is when 2 or more vertebrae have lost normal motion and/or position. When this happens there can be interruption to normal nerve flow causing the messages going from the brain to all of the cells in our body to become compromised. Less than 10% of our nervous system perceives pain; therefore someone can have a subluxation without any pain or symptoms. Often pain may not be felt in the neck or back, but in the area where the nerve exiting is sending messages to, such as our muscles, joints or organs. Chiropractors aim to assist the body’s natural healing process by re-establishing nerve flow to its optimum level. This is done by restoring movement and proper alignment back into to spine with a chiropractic adjustment.

What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a low amplitude, high velocity spinal adjustment used to restore proper motion into a joint. A spinal adjustment is a gentle, low pressure and specific method for removing a subluxation that may be causing nerve interference in the body. Some patients may experience a “cracking” or “popping” noise during an adjustment. This noise is the sound we hear when the gas bubbles within the joint are escaping. This is the same noise you hear when someone cracks there knuckles. This is not painful and should not be a cause for worry. Patients often experience relief immediately after an adjustment; some may feel relief after a few visits. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are minor.

Who can Chiropractic help?

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care that include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • Pregnancy related back pain
  • General health and well-being

Benefits of Chiropractic care

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care that include:

  • Improved movement on your neck, shoulders, back and torso
  • Relief from headaches/migraines, neck and back pain
  • Prevention of work-related muscles and joint injuries
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Relief of pregnancy-related back pain
  • Improved posture
  • Increased energy levels and sleep habits
  • Increased general health and well-being

COVID-19 Update: Our clinics are currently closed. Please click for more info.

Dear Family Physiotherapy Centre Clients,

We remain dedicated to improving the health of our patients – especially those with compromised immune systems – and as such, will be following the recommendations from the Ottawa Public Health Department.

We have closed our clinics for an indefinite period of time to contribute to the collective efforts in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

All physiotherapy and massage therapy sessions are suspended until further notice. As the situation develops, we will continue to assess when it will be safe to return and will be in contact as soon as possible to reschedule your appointments.

Your therapists and/or another team member will be in touch throughout the upcoming days to provide you with updates and we will be sure to connect with you once we are able to reopen in order to reschedule your appointment.

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With your well being at heart,

Steve Brown
President & CEO
Family Physiotherapy Centres Inc.