Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Demands from sport, occupation or sedentary lifestyles can exert strain on our bodies through static postures and repetitive motions over time. Much like the engine in a car, should one area of the body start to falter the other parts work overtime in order to compensate. This can result in breakdown and ultimately, bodily injury. Athletic injuries tend to result from direct impact, poor training practices, lack of conditioning or insufficient warm-up and stretching, amongst others. These factors, in addition to changes to the cells and mechanics of the supporting tissue, can result in chronic pain and propagate future injury.
Fortunately, most musculoskeletal injuries can be treated effectively with proper management and education. Chiropractors employ multiple techniques such as soft tissue therapy, instrument assisted soft tissue therapy, athletic taping, spinal or joint manipulation and functional movement assessment to employ the most effective treatments for patients.
Chiropractors treat conditions relating to the neurological, muscular and skeletal systems of the body. They diagnose and treat disorders of the spine and extremities. A partial list of conditions that are managed conservatively by chiropractors includes:
Chiropractors will take a detailed health history during the first visit, prior to initial treatment. This will include details on lifestyle and risk factors to provide a full picture of the patient’s health in order to determine the best treatment. Following the history, a physical exam is completed that includes functional, neurological and orthopedic testing as well as a postural assessment. Once a plan of management is determined based on the specific diagnosis, the Chiropractor will choose the best approach for the condition and treatment goals. Throughout the plan of management, the Chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how to stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Janine McKay is a chiropractor specializing in sports sciences. Her professional experience includes working with a variety of individuals from beginner to elite athletes, first time exercisers, domestic engineers, desk jockeys, manual laborers and anything in between. She is available to treat a wide range of issues, including but not limited to: