About Chiropractic

Chiropractors are required to have at least 7 years of post-graduate studies including
over 4,000 hours of practice in diagnosis, clinical studies, and manual adjustment
training in order to receive the earned title of “Doctor”. “Chiro” in Latin means “hands”.

Chiropractors Are Musculoskeletal (MSK) Experts

Chiropractors assess and treat, primarily with their hands, disorders related to the musculoskeletal system (which includes the spine, muscles, nervous system, and joints). Based on a thorough history taking and physical examination, Chiropractors provide patients with a diagnosis and recommended treatment plan. Treatment is drug-free, non invasive, hands on, and individualized to each patient.

Your Treatment

Dr. Alison Shaver uses a variety of treatment techniques which may include joint mobilization and manipulation, soft tissue therapy, Active Release Technique® (ART®), rehabilitation exercises, Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and/or concussion management.

Spinal manipulation, commonly referred to as an adjustment, is a highly skilled and precise movement applied to the joints of the spine. Spinal manipulation helps to restore normal movement and function to the joints and muscles.

Active Release Technique® (ART®) is a soft tissue/movement-based technique that
treats injuries of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) is a diagnostic system designed to
identify and correct dysfunctional and painful movement patterns thereby improving
function and decreasing pain.


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Who Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is safe and effective for people of all ages, from small children to
seniors, and everyone in between. Chiropractic treatment can help to relieve pain and
improve posture, flexibility, and range of motion. Common conditions that benefit from
chiropractic care include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Pregnancy Related Back Pain
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Not Sure If Chiropractic Care Is For You?

Give Dr. Alison Shaver a call today at 905-746-9599 or email her at ashaver.dc@gmail.com to learn more or visit the following websites for more information on chiropractic care.

Canadian Chiropractic Association: About Chiropractic
Canadian Chiropractic Association: What is Chiroractic

*Information on this page is taken from the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Ontario Chiropractic Association.