Chiropractors are one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario. The care is a non-invasive, hands-on health care profession that diagnoses, treats, and helps and ultimately prevents disorders and conditions related to the spine, nervous and musculoskeletal system.
A Doctor of Chiropractic has undergone a minimum of three years of undergraduate education; four years full-time academic and clinical study at a Chiropractic institution, including a one-year internship. A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs, but may make a referral to medical specialists for such treatment if appropriate.
Doctors of chiropractic use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. This includes:
- Taking a thorough history, physical and diagnosing a patient’s area of complaint.
- Developing and carrying out a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan.
Chiropractors believe in treating the individual as a whole and focus on how a patient’s musculoskeletal and nervous system function in relation to the whole body. The individual treatment plan may incorporate:
- Chiropractic adjustments or mobilizations of the affected joint
- Soft tissue release techniques
- Cold laser, IFC or ultrasound, acupuncture and rehabilitative exercise
Chiropractic care is a very cost effective approach to treating both neck and back pain. Back pain is the leading cause of:
- Medical visits and hospitalizations
- Restricted physical activity
- Use of prescription (and non-prescription) drugs
Low back pain affects 85% of working populations and 50% of sufferers claim back pain affects their quality of life and limits recreational activities.