More than eleven thousand students per year enroll in chiropractic programs. These students are able to increasingly take advantage of technology and new approaches to care. For example, students at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto now use computerized mannequins and tables to better gauge adjustment strength as opposed to early chiropractic adjustments that were performed on wooden tables which would occasionally result in a bloody nose.
Obviously, some things have changed since then. The practice of chiropractic has always included joint manipulation, commonly known as an adjustment. Joint manipulation has an extensive history in health care and can trace its origins from parallel developments in many parts of the world where it was used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including spinal conditions. It was widely practised in many cultures and often in remote world communities such as by the Balinese of Indonesia, the Lomi-Lomi of Hawaii, in areas of Japan, China and India, by sabodors in Mexico, and bone setters in Nepal, Russia, and Norway.
Modern chiropractic still uses joint manipulation, but we have come to incorporate multiple other techniques to use in conjunction with adjustments to produce better results in fewer visits. This includes techniques for targeted myofascial release such as Active Release Technique, instrument assisted soft-tissue manipulation such as Graston, and direct influence on the nervous system with the use of kinesiotaping. In conjunction with soft tissue therapy and joint manipulation, specific strengthening exercises are utilized to help the body heal and enhance treatment outcomes. At Healthview, we also do not hesitate to utilize the latest technology to help patients attain their treatment goals, including the use of AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill and Shockwave therapy, modalities often used to treat elite level athletes. Here at Healthview, modern chiropractic is more than just an adjustment and you don’t have to be an athlete to be treated like one.
Dr. Adam Zachman graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University with Honours. He has worked as a chiropractor in Minnesota and Texas.
Evidence based health strategies by the professionals at Healthview Therapy Centre.