A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is a practitioner concerned, as a member of the healing arts, with the health needs of the public. The chiropractor gives particular attention to the relationship of the structural and neurological aspects of the body in health and disease. He/she is educated in the biological and clinical sciences as well as in related health subjects. The practice of chiropractic includes the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal disorders primarily by adjustment and/or manipulation of the articulations of the spine and the peripheral joints of the body and may include soft tissue techniques and therapy, as well as the use of electrotherapy, mechanotherapy, light, heat, cold, exercise, supplemental supports, lifestyle and nutritional counselling, and the use of diagnostic imaging.
What is a chiropractic adjustment ?
Chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation is at the heart of chiropractic. The objective of spinal manipulation is to reduce pain and restore function. An adjustment can be delivered in a number of different ways. Traditional adjustments (image left) almost always produce a popping sound called an osseous release as the joint is manipulated. This sound is a byproduct of an improvement in joint mobility which restores proper joint movement. Chiropractors sometimes use an adjusting instrument such as an Activator® (image right) either exclusively or in combination with other techniques to provide an adjustment. There is no osseous release when an adjusting instrument is used. When properly applied both techniques, traditional and instrument-assisted, are usually painless and safe.
Manipulation is performed around the world. In Europe it is more commonly known as manual therapy.
In addition to diversified and manually assisted adjusting techniques, other modalities utilized in our office include ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation, trigger point therapy, exercise therapy and reconditioning.
Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific places on the body called acupoints. Only disposable sterile acupuncture needles are used. It is used mostly for treatment of acute and chronic pain, muscle spasm, tenderness and headaches. Each acupoint lies within the skin and muscle region and is related to the location of pain. The needles may be stimulated by hand or electrical stimulation, or heated locally. there often is a dull ache (referred to as ‘chi’) with needle manipulation, but the entire procedure is relatively painless.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the body’s neuroendocrine system to produce its own natural pain relieveing chemicals called “Endorphin”. Endorphins help the body to heal itself and are excreted by the brain into the circulatory system.
At the Elmwood Chiropractic Centre acupuncture is performed by Dr. Brian Lecker, B.A., D.C., C.A.F.C.I.