What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a regulated and non-invasive form of alternative medicine that does not use medication or surgery in its treatment. It involves the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders within the musculoskeletal system, such as the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. Chiropractic care in Burlington involves techniques such as manual manipulations of the joints and soft tissues, device assisted manipulations and additional modalities such as acupuncture and IFC.

A Brief History

D.D Palmer founded chiropractic in the 1890s, his son B.J. Palmer helped to expand it in the 20th century. At first, chiropractic was considered very controversial and had little evidence to support its effectiveness but today it is widely used and supported by medical professionals worldwide. D.D. Palmer called it a “science of healing without drugs.”

Who Can Chiropractic Help?

There are many reasons one may seek chiropractic care in Burlington, some being (but not limited to):

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis

Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs

According to the Ontario Chiropractic Association, almost 2.7 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.

Are There Any Risks to Chiropractic Care in Burlington?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug- free therapies for neuromuskuloskeletal disorders.  Chiropractic is safe when performed by someone who is trained and licensed to deliver care.  Serious complications with chiropractic are rare, in fact many patients feel immediate relief following treatment.  Some patients may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.

How Can I Find a Chiropractor in Burlington?

It is important to do your research before walking into any health care office.  Consulting your medical doctor is a good place to start to see if chiropractic is right for you.  Otherwise many clinics offer “Consultations” where you may meet the chiropractor and chat briefly about their treatment techniques so that you may be fully informed before committing to any treatment. Make sure the chiropractor is fully-licensed, well experienced, and has good reviews from other Patients.


Phases of Care

When you experience an injury it is not only important to receive treatment as soon as possible but to become educated on how the process of healing unfolds. Visiting a top Burlington Chiropractor, such as Edgar Family Chiropractic, can be both a therapeutic and education experience. Although the length of time it takes to mend may vary depending on the injury and person, there are typically always three phases of healing.

The first phase, the Inflammatory Phase, involves the area around the injury to become red and swollen. This is the body’s natural instinct to protect itself from any further injury. Visiting your Burlington Chiropractor during this phase can shorten the time in which you experience discomfort.  Inflammation can last anywhere from two to four days, depending on how soon you seek treatment.

The second phase, the Repair Phase, involves your body creating and healing tissue, therefore it is extremely vulnerable to re-injury. Muscles and tissues are still sore at this point so it is important to get them moving in order to have a full range of motion. Visiting your chiropractor can ensure that you are moving correctly and safely to avoid further injury to the area.

The last phase is the Remodeling Phase. Your injury may appear and feel as though it has completely healed however it is very important to continue to work on strengthening and mobilizing the new tissue growth. Visiting your chiropractor every few weeks for a maintenance check-up is the perfect way to support the progress you have made whilst avoiding further injury.

Visiting a top Burlington chiropractor, such as Edgar Family Chiropractic, can guide you through the three stages of healing and educate you on the do’s and don’t of managing an injury and pain.


Do Chiropractors Just Do Adjustments?

Chiropractors do much more to help their patients than just adjust. In this article, we are going to talk more about the other techniques that are often used in our clinic.

A major treatment technique that is used in our clinic is generally referred to as soft tissue therapy or muscle work. What this means is that we generally use our hands to strip muscles (breaking up any scar tissue found mostly in chronic conditions), we move and stretch the muscles, we use trigger point therapy to break down knots in the muscles,  or we use small instruments to manipulate the body tissues into relaxing.

Another common treatment technique commonly used in our clinic is the use of physiotherapy modalities. This includes electrotherapy, TENS,  ultrasound, laser, hot/cold therapy, and paraffin wax. They are used for many different conditions to help reduce pain and swelling after an acute injury or can be useful in breaking down scar tissue if the condition is more chronic.

When talking about different techniques used in our clinic, it is important to note that more and more chiropractors are beginning to use acupuncture as another tool when treating patients. It is a technique that involves inserting tiny, thin needles into the muscles or joints of the body. This is done to help alleviate pain, reduce swelling, decrease muscle tension or to help balance the nervous system.

Finally, one of the most important therapeutic tools that we as chiropractors is the prescription of home stretches and exercises. These are essential for any type of injury whether it is a  recent injury or a condition that a patient has been suffering with for years. Exercises are used to help strengthen a weakened area, loosen tight muscles that are pulling too much and most importantly,  to prevent future injuries from occurring.

In addition to the hands-on techniques used within the clinic, as chiropractors, we are also able to prescribe various supportive devices to help manage pain at home and prevent future injury. Examples include pain-relieving lotions such as Biofreeze or Cryoderm, orthopedic cervical pillows, back and posture supports that can be worn under clothing and used at work to improve posture while sitting for long periods of time, and compression stockings that assist with circulation in the legs and feet.  Chiropractors also have the ability to prescribe and dispense custom made orthotics to help patients that are having foot, ankle, knee or low back pain. These are used to help correct imbalances in the lower body reducing stress and fatigue in the feet and the back.

At our office, we believe that a combination of the above-mentioned techniques is needed to get a patient feeling better and back to their activities of daily living as soon as possible. The type of treatment that you receive from a chiropractor can vary widely depending on which chiropractic office you visit. This is why it is important to ask the right questions when you are seeking treatment from a chiropractor to make sure you are getting the highest quality of care for your injuries.


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