↠ Spinal, Muscle and Nervous System Specialists
Chiropractors are spine health and musculoskeletal (MSK) medicine specialists. What does this mean? We have extensive training in the anatomy, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and injury prevention of the spine, nervous system, joints, bones and muscles. Why is the MSK system important? It “supports your weight, provides physical stability, enables you to move your body, and protects your vital organs. Your MSK system connects directly to other vital systems in your body.”¹
Not only that, chiropractic care assists your body’s natural ability to function, heal and self-regulate. By improving the health and mechanics of the spine, we aim to enhance the function of the nervous system. After all, the nervous system is the master control system of the whole body.
↠ Hands-On Healers
Chiropractors use drug-free, non-surgical, hands-on methods for enhancing the mechanics and health of the spine and MSK system. I primarily use adjustments (chiropractic manipulations), mobilizations, soft tissue (muscle/myofascial) therapy, rehabilitation, stretching and strengthening exercises, and nutrition and ergonomic advice in my practice. A typical office visit also involves (a lot of) discussion about posture. In Latin, doctor means teacher and it’s a role I love.
Chiropractic is natural, safe and effective care that promotes health, alleviates pain, enhances mobility and improves quality of life at all ages and stages of life; sounds good to me!
↠ Highly Educated
A Doctor of Chiropractic degree is conferred upon graduates of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) (my alma mater). The program is a four year post-graduate degree (I first obtained a BSc (Kin) undergraduate degree from McMaster University).
The extensive and rigorous evidence-based curriculum involves over 4200 hours of study, including a year-long clinical internship. Learn more about CMCC’s program and then check out this comprehensive breakdown of courses, hours and the clinical internship.
In addition, I have taken numerous additional courses and certifications. This includes over 200 hours of advanced study in pregnancy and pediatric care (and earning my CACCP designation). Continuing education helps me to stay up-to-date and offer the very best care possible to my patients.
↠ Spinal and Extremity Adjusting Masters
Chiropractors provide adjustments using highly-skilled and precise movements to the vertebrae of the spine and the joints of the body. These adjustments can help to enhance joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care²
- Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Better posture
- Relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Treatment and prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Enhanced athletic performance
- Improved flexibility
- Relief of pregnancy-related backache
- Correction of gait and foot problems
Proof that chiropractic works: check out what the research – and patients! – are saying. Chiropractic care is evidence-based healthcare — it’s a hands-on approach to better health.
Chiropractic care – a hands-on approach to better health.– Dr. Lindsay Clement