What is Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is a holistic, evidence-informed and non-invasive branch of the health sciences that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. The primary focus of Chiropractic is on the spine and central nervous system but a Chiropractor will also be concerned with the wellness of your whole body. Through hands-on healing, as well as a combination of treatments customized to the unique needs of each patient, a Chiropractor will provide diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for many health conditions.
A common modality practiced by a Chiropractor is spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). This practice comprises of precise and highly-skilled adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine, limiting interruption or interference to any part of your nervous system. Your nervous system determines how well you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. Since a main function of the spine is providing connection between the nervous system and the brain, any inhibiting factor can affect the wellness of your entire body.
Chiropractor’s will not only work to improve function, restore proper movement and correct joint function. They may also recommend therapeutic exercises, coordinate treatment with other health care professionals and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.
Why Chiropractic Care
Wellness can mean many things to different people. Chiropractic Care takes a holistic approach to wellness, allowing you full enjoyment and expression of your life. Your Chiropractor will uncover any challenges that may be interfering with your nervous system, working with you to eliminate them.
Chiropractic care is the primary method of treatment for many conditions including, but not limited to: back pain, neck pain, headache, whiplash, strains and sprains, repetitive strain injury (RSI), work and sports injuries, arthritis and limited range of motion. Aiding the body to better heal itself, Chiropractic Care will support the maintenance of optimal health, enhancing your overall wellness. Treatment will also provide symptomatic relief for chronic conditions.
Almost 2.7 million patients in Ontario rely on Chiropractic Care every year to help them live healthy, active lives. – Ontario Chiropractic Association
Sacral Occipital Technique
The use of specific indicators in order to determine if a previous correction has been completely or marginally effective. These indicators allow us to design a series of adjustments tailored to your needs by listening to the body each time.
This technique is a specific Chiropractic adjustment used during the seventh through ninth months of pregnancy on mothers whose babies are presenting breech or transverse. See Pregnancy Care page for more information.
Prenatal & Postpartum
Dr. Bosnar and the Bosnar Health team have contributed greatly to the Midtown Toronto community with industry leading care for Infant, Prenatal and postpartum patients. Using a multi-disciplinary approach of Chiropractic Care in combination with a variety of treatments, Bosnar Health has created a safe space for women, moms, dads, kids and families to seek the health support they deserve and receive the treatment they need.
The modern medical application of acupuncture, placing fine needles into soft tissue for therapeutic purposes.
Frequency Asked Questions
Questions Provided by the Ontario Chiropractic Association
1. What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments free up the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor will determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.
2. When should I see a chiropractor?
Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider.
Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, etc.
Many patients including, seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available.
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
3. What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care can:
- Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities
- Improve your posture
- Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Lead to enhanced athletic performance
- Improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
- Correct gait and foot problems
4. Is chiropractic adjustment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk.
Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling. Some patients may also experience temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. However, adverse effects associated with spinal adjustment are most often minor and short-lived.
Prior to starting treatment, all regulated health professionals are obligated by their regulatory standards to obtain informed consent documented in a written form to treatment from their patients. Health care consumers must receive appropriate and accurate information to assist them in evaluating their health care choices, and in balancing the relative risks of treatment options with the benefits. The chiropractic profession takes this responsibility seriously and has been a leader in obtaining informed consent.
Almost half of us experience some kind of neck pain at least once a year. Persistent or recurrent neck pain is reported by an estimated 50–85% of patients one to five years after initial onset. Twenty-seven percent of patients seeking chiropractic treatment report neck or cervical problems. Thus, treatment of neck pain is an integral part of chiropractic practice.
There are evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in place for chiropractic treatment of neck pain. For both chronic and acute back pain, the guidelines state that manual therapies, mobilization, and patient exercises and stretches are recommended.
Evidence also demonstrates that chiropractic care, including spinal manipulative therapy, can be an effective treatment for cervicogenic and tension-type headaches. More so, studies have demonstrated that care offered by chiropractors can also decrease the intensity and frequency of migraines. A plan of management should be individualized to the patient’s needs.
Chiropractic has been proven safe and effective for a range of conditions including neck pain. Patients and their chiropractors work together to determine what treatment options appropriately balance risks with potential benefits. Chiropractors work to limit their patients’ risk by performing thorough histories and examinations and frequently re-evaluating symptoms and progress.
5. Does chiropractic care require a referral from an MD?
No. Chiropractors are legislated as primary care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary.
6. Can chiropractic care cure other ailments besides back pain?
Chiropractic care cannot “cure” every ailment, but there is some evidence to indicate that adjustments may have a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions. For example, someone with asthma may find that they can breathe easier after an adjustment, which is not curing the asthma itself, but can provide some relief from associated symptoms.
7. How many Ontarians use chiropractic?
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, with more than 3,100 practicing chiropractors. Almost 2.7 million Ontarians use the services of a chiropractor each year to help them get back to work, and back to doing the things they love.
8. Are there many athletes who use chiropractic?
Yes. Many amateur and professional athletes use chiropractic treatment as part of their overall health care, fitness and maintenance program. Chiropractic is often used to improve muscle and joint conditioning, which has a direct effect on an athletic performance. Treatment works to improve biomechanical function and enhance overall conditioning, important in situations where there is continuous repetitive movement. Chiropractic care also help athletes fine-tune their muscles and joints for high level performance, and may reduce long term wear and tear. Finally, treatment can be used to prevent, and sometime shorten, the healing time of injuries.
Athletes most often select treatment to improve their performance, where as the average consumer will select chiropractic care to help manage aches and pains. In some cases treatment will be similar, but in all cases a treatment plan will be developed according to the goals and condition of each patient. In the case of professional and elite athletes, chiropractors often work in conjunction with other health care professionals, including medical doctors and/or sports medicine doctors, massage therapists and physiotherapists.
9. Does chiropractic care require X-rays?
X-rays can play a role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient case history and conducting a physical examination. Most patients do not require X-rays.
Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics from protection to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.