Chiropody is the assessment of the foot, and the treatment and prevention of diseases or disorders of the foot by therapeutic, surgical, orthotic and palliative means.
Chiropractic is a health care profession emphasizing differential diagnosis, patient-centred care and research, with expert knowledge in spine and musculoskeletal health. Chiropractors assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system, and joints and provide a diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. The primary goal of chiropractic manipulation, also referred to as adjustment, is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints, thereby reducing pain and increasing joint function to help improve overall health.
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the body's soft tissue, specifically muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints, for the purpose of optimizing health. Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.
Naturopathy is a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root causes of illness, and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. It supports your body's own healing ability using an integrated approach to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention that includes: acupuncture/Asian medicine, botanical medicine, physical medicine (massage, hydrotherapy, etc.), clinical nutrition, homeopathic medicine, and lifestyle counselling.
Osteopathy is a natural medicine that aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues.
The goal of physiotherapy is to help you restore, maintain and maximize strength, function, movement, and overall well-being. Physiotherapists prescribe personalized therapeutic exercises and provide essential education about the body, including what is preventing proper movement, how to restore mobility and independence, and how to avoid or prevent bodily injury.
Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence.