Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine. Traditionally it involved providing mobilization to joints in the spine to alleviate pain and decrease stiffness. More recently, there is a branch of chiropractic that chiropractors refer to as “sports chiropractors’. Chiropractors who specialize in this will also do a lot of soft tissue therapies, acupuncture and exercise rehab along with manipulation of joints to decrease pain.
Basic principles around chiropractic look at the spine and central nervous system as the key to functionality to your body. If the central nervous system is working effectively and efficiently, your body has no pain and maintains homeostasis. although this is true, your body has many more parts than just the central nervous system. Tendonitis pains are usually caused by dysfunction in the muscle more than dysfunction in the nervous system. So as chiropractors we have evolved to assess and treat all conditions looking at multiple systems, not just one.
When I was looking for a Chiropractor in Calgary, I had no idea what they did or if they could help me. I found that because of there broad and extensive training they can treat almost any musculoskeletal complaint that I might have. They treat, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, back pain, elbow pain, whiplash… and the list goes on.
If you are suffering from pain, there is no harm in going and trying it out a chiropractor to see if it will help you.
This article comes from my colleague’s (Dr. Ikram) long-time patient – who is an active sports personality needing regular chiropractic and physio services.
Physiotherapists work with clients of all ages and with a wide range of health conditions. Whether it’s pain management and rehabilitation from an acute injury like a sprained ankle, or management of chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, a physiotherapist can help. But physiotherapy is not limited to rehabilitation of injury and the effects of disease or disability. A physiotherapist also provides education and advice for health promotion, disease and injury prevention.
Physiotherapists are health practitioners who work with people of all ages. Whether it be a baby with a big of a head turn or a 70 year old patient with Parkinson’s, physiotherapists are trained to help successfully treat symptoms to decrease pain, increase mobility and improve quality of life. Physiotherapy is not all just hands on therapy. A larger portion of the process is the education of patients, advice and promotion of health to prevent future injury and encourage people to be more proactive about health.
Being proactive about your health is the most effective method to prevent injury from occurring before it starts. Most people will never see a massage therapist, physiotherapist, chiropractor or any other practitioner in Calgary unless they have an issue that is bothering them. These same people will regularly take there car in for oil change and will regularly water there lawns all to be proactive so things work properly and flourish.
How can a Physiotherapist help you? What do they do?
Physiotherapists work to help people in many different settings. Some choose to work in hospitals, some research new treatments but the majority will work in a private clinic. It is a fee for service in these private clinics that is covered by most health benefit plans. Physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal pain and biomechanical problems. It is usually biomechanics problems created by injury, poor posture or disease that will create pain. It is this pain that the physiotherapist will treat and educate you on prevention in the future.
How am I diagnosed or assessed?
Physiotherapists take a full history include looking into your own past personal health history and family history to help them understand you better. They then ask specific questions about the problem you are having and use this to rule in/out big picture health problems. After they complete the history, they will do different orthopaedic tests to further assess your area of problem. these tests are designed to provoke your familiar pain. After all of this is complete, the physiotherapist will review there findings from the history and exam and come up with a specific treatment plan for you.