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.