The practice of chiropractic is the assessment of symptoms related to the spine, nervous system and joints and the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these conditions.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is known as ‘spinal manipulation’ also called an ‘adjustment’. An adjustment is an authorized act given to chiropractors under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). An adjustment can be defined as “moving the joints of the spine beyond a person’s usual physiological range of motion using a fast, low amplitude thrust.”
The purpose of an adjustment is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force to the joints that have become restricted in their movement as a result of tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object or through repetitive stresses such as sitting in a position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain and diminished function to the injured. Adjustments of the effected joints and tissue restores mobility and neurological function thereby alleviating pain and allowing tissue to heal.
Although the most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is the ‘adjustment’, Dr. Evan Kogon employs several other forms of therapy to help assist patients achieve and maintain their healthcare goals. Some of these therapies include mobilizations, physiotherapy, technology based therapies such as ultrasound, massage therapy, stretching, exercise, custom orthotics/braces and nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
All practicing chiropractors in Ontario must be members of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO). Registered members must comply with CCO regulations, standard of practice, policies and guidelines, as well as Quality Assurance programs. The CCO also regulates the moral and ethical conduct of its respective members.