Types of Care
In chiropractic, or really any holistic profession, there are two types of care: relief care (sometimes referred to as acute care) and postural corrective care. We see many different patients with different health concerns, but each patient can be defined by these two types of care. We have many patients who choose to follow a tailor-made treatment plan in hopes of improving their functional capacity, but similarly, we have patients who only seek care when in pain, or in crisis. Although we always recommend receiving care as a means of avoiding pain, if your goal is to only book when you are experiencing pain, we are here to assist in that goal as well.
According to a 2011 study from Queen's University, 55% of Canadians reported suffering from non-specific chronic pain, primarily in their back, joints, or head. Quite often, this pain presents without any known cause, which may be indicative of underlying structural or mechanical causes that can be addressed through conservative care.
Another common cause of pain is an acute injury. Injuries may include motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls, sports injuries, and even poor posture.
Especially when used in conjunction with massage, acupuncture, and exercise therapy, chiropractic can be incredibly beneficial in treating pain and identifying the underlying cause to prevent future issues.
Source: Canadian Chiropractic Association