Chiropractic treatment and benefits

Chiropractic treatment

The main form of treatment chiropractors deliver is called an adjustment. These are non-invasive procedures consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain, discomfort, and restore range of motion to help improve patients' quality of life. 

Chiropractors are professionally trained to safely perform the following treatments:

  • Diagnostics - ultrasound and x-ray
  • Soft tissue therapy – such as massage
  • Adjunctive therapies – eg. applying heat or ice to an affected area
  • Myofascial release techniques - eg. active release therapy, graston
  • Manual manipulation to increase mobility – including mobilization or spinal manipulation
  • Physical therapies – including acupuncture, dry needling, shockwave, electric stimulation, laser

When you visit a chiropractor they may also: 

  • Recommend exercises as part of your treatment plan
  • Offer ergonomic or lifestyle coaching.
  • Give you information about nutrition and a healthy diet
  • Give you information about general health 

Did you know? A chiropractor is authorized to make a direct referral to any medical specialist for consultation and/or medical treatment when appropriate.

Treatment goals of chiropractic care

  • Acute and chronic care

    • reduce pain
    • reduce muscle spasms and inflammation
    • increase flexibility
    • restore function and increase range of motion
    • treatment plan appropriate to a specific individual
    • return to normal activities of daily living as quickly as possible
  • Rehabilitation

    • increase strength
    • increase and maintain flexibility
    • stabilize
  • Prevention

    • correct postural habits and modify
    • ergonomic modification
    • minimize recurrences
    • lifestyle and nutritional considerations

Read the chiropractic patients' charter of rights to understand your rights as a patient, including: access to services, respect during treatment, privacy parameters, and safety and options for care.

Benefits of chiropractic care

Chiropractic benefits are unique to each patient. At a high level, chiropractors can:

  • Alleviate pain and support drug-free self-management
  • Improve your mobility and help you get back on track
  • Rehabilitate and prevent injuries
  • Support you in your lifestyle changes to be pain-free
  • Develop a curated care plan for managing chronic/ recurring condition

Still have questions? Visit our frequently asked questions page.