Chiropractic is a regulated health profession that focuses on treatment of the body ailment via a holistic, drug-less approach. Chiropractors are specialized in analyzing the relationship between muscles, joints and nerves in order to determine the root cause of pain.
The first visit to a chiropractor is comprehensive, from a detailed examination to providing a diagnosis and then developing and carrying out an individualized treatment/management plan. There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care including, but not limited to:
- Back and neck pain
- Pain in the extremities
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) from repetitive activities (ie, playing instruments, keyboarding)
- Work and sportís related injuries
- Arthritic joint pain
- Limited range of motions in varies joints
- General health and well-being
Chiropractic care believes in the bodyís ability to heal when proper guidance is given. Therefore, a chiropractor will use a combination of soft tissue therapy, mobilization and adjustment of the joints, rehabilitative exercise and stretches, ergonomic advices and preventative strategies to help you manage your pain. Other techniques such as acupuncture may also be used by a chiropractor who has been certified.
While seeing a chiropractor may be beneficial, at times, a proper referral to a specialist in other areas is necessary. When such a case arises, your chiropractor will inform and recommend you to an appropriate therapist for further investigation.
Currently, chiropractic is regulated and recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces. In Canada, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree is a four-year program of studies in areas of anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, chiropractic principles, diagnosis and adjustment techniques. Each prospective chiropractor upon graduation will have received more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training. Ontarioís chiropractors are regulated and licensed by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.