Chiropractic Manipulation

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the 3rd largest primary-contact health care professions in Canada. Over 4.5 million Canadians use the services of a chiropractor each year.
Chiropractic is regulated in all Canadian provinces. The benefits of chiropractic care are recognized by other health care practitioners.  In one survey, 44 per cent of Ontario physicians indicated that they refer patients for chiropractic treatment.

Natural, non-invasive approach to health care

The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.” Chiropractors practice a drug-free, manual approach to health care that includes patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors assess patients for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, extremity joints, ligaments, muscles, discs and their effect on the nervous system. Chiropractors are also trained to give therapeutic exercises, to utilize physical therapies and to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Chiropractic adjustment is the most common form of treatment utilized by chiropractors in clinical practice. Also known as spinal manipulative therapy, adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed through four years of intensive chiropractic education. Adjustment is a carefully controlled procedure delivered by a skilled chiropractor to dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints. The primary goal is to decrease pain, improve areas of reduced movement in the joints and supporting tissues, particularly of the spine, decrease muscle tightness, possible nerve impingement or spasm through the restoration of normal mechanics. Adjustment rarely causes discomfort.

The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. For example, the technique is modified when treating children, pregnant women and older patients. Patients typically note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment. The vast majority of patients who seek chiropractic health care do so for complaints of the musculoskeletal system, most often for conditions affecting the spine such as low back pain, neck pain and headaches, and research studies have demonstrated that chiropractic treatment is effective for these conditions.

Legislative bodies across Canada, as well as researchers and governments around the world have conducted extensive reviews of the chiropractic profession and have consistently endorsed chiropractic services.

Primary and complementary care

In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement medical treatment. Chiropractic care may provide symptomatic relief to patients with chronic or recurrent conditions.

Regulation & standards

Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute in all provinces. Chiropractors along with medical doctors, dentists, psychologists, and optometrists have the right and obligation to communicate a diagnosis and to use the title Doctor.