What are Chiropractors?

Doctors of Chiropractic are concerned with how the body’s nerves, muscles and joints function as a whole. They focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the body. They are specialists in using manipulations of joints to improve range of motion and flexibility, and to restore proper function. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.  Chiropractors may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects of discomfort associated with a medical condition.

Chiropractic care may also provide symptomatic relief to patients with chronic conditions. By treating the musculoskeletal elements of such disorders, chiropractic treatment improves the general well being of the patient. In this regard, Canada’s chiropractors frequently provide complementary care as one element of a patient’s overall treatment program.

What is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic today is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Canada with over 5,000 practicing chiropractors in Canada. Approximately four and a half million Canadians use the services of a chiropractor each year.

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. The benefits of chiropractic care are well recognized by other health practitioners. Most physicians will refer patients to chiropractic colleagues for care,.

Drug-free, non-invasive health care

Chiropractic manipulation is a drug-free, non-invasive manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during four intensive years of chiropractic education.

Manipulation is a highly controlled procedure, which rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. The vast majority of patients who seek chiropractic care do so for complaints of the musculoskeletal system, most often for conditions affecting the spine.

Scientific study of spinal manipulation has clearly demonstrated that chiropractic treatment improves function and is effective for common conditions such as headache, neck, and back pain.  Between 86 and 96 per cent of all visits to chiropractors are for these or similar conditions.

Primary & complementary care

Chiropractors work in conjunction with other members of the health care team, especially in the care of musculoskeletal problems, such a low back pain, injury recovery and rehabilitation and age related conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Multi-disciplinary care allows enhanced care for patients, encourages communication between care providers and results in clinical recovery sooner.

Chiropractors may be the lead practitioner in patient care in the community, a consultant in the hospital setting or a member of a larger health care team for an organization or sport group.

Regulation & standards

In Ontario, chiropractic has been governed by statute since 1925. Currently the Chiropractic Act (1991) administered by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and created in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) (1991) regulates it.

Chiropractors along with medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, and optometrists have the legislated right and obligation to communicate a diagnosis and to use the title doctor. The College of Chiropractors of Ontario is as are the regulatory bodies for other health professions responsible for protecting the public, standards of practice, disciplinary issues, quality assurance and maintenance of competency.

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