August 11, 2016

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is a primary means of relief for some, and is complimentary to medical management for others.

Chiropractic Care

Photo by Michael Dorausch (via Flickr).

Chiropractic is a primary contact health care profession, offering hands-on, non-surgical health care options focusing on the musculoskeletal system. Generally, this means providing a manual therapy approach, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for conditions of the spine, pelvis, joints, and nervous system.

Chiropractic training involves four years of extensive post-graduate training in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders and their associated nervous system complications. Treatment often involves a course of conservative, hands-on, evidence-based interventions, including joint manipulation, mobilization, soft tissue therapy, exercise, education, and/or modality use (electrical therapies, laser therapy, ultrasound). Each chiropractic treatment is unique to the patient, based on their history, physical findings, past experiences, and goals of treatment.

What kind of conditions is Chiropractic good for?

A variety of conditions can benefit from seeing a chiropractor! In some cases, such as lower back pain or sciatica pain, seeing a chiropractor is a primary means of relief for many people. In other cases, treatment by your chiropractor may compliment or support medical management of conditions, such as joint replacements or repairs, by relieving associated musculoskeletal complaints. Some conditions commonly managed by chiropractic care include:

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  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Mid-back and Rib Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Sciatica Nerve Pain
  • Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Groin Pain
  • Hamstring & Quadriceps Strains
  • Knee Pain
  • Post-surgical Rehabilitation
  • Whiplash
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shin Splints
  • Ankle and Foot Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow (Tendinitis)
  • Carpal Tunnel & Wrist Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Strains/Tears
  • Nerve Irritation/Entrapment
  • Osteoarthritis Pain

For more information about chiropractic care, visit the Ontario Chiropractic Association or Canadian Chiropractic Association websites, contact Dr. Gilliard directly via email at, call the clinic at (905) 634-6000, or book an appointment with Dr. Gilliard at Endorphins Health and Wellness Centre in Burlington, ON.