Are Chiropractors doctors?
Today’s graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college. Chiropractic college requires a minimum of 4,200 hours of intense specialized training including classroom instruction, clinical science and internship.
When should I see a Chiropractor?
If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life, then you should consult a Chiropractor. For example: work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems.
Do I need a referral to see a Chiropractor?
No, you do not need a referral. Chiropractors are legislated as primary care professionals in Canada. This means you can consult with them directly. If required, a Chiropractor can provide you direct referrals to other medical specialists and vice versa.
How do I find a Chiropractor?
There are many ways to find a chiropractor. The most common is referrals from friends, family and co-workers. Another source is the “Find a Chiropractor” at the bottom of this page.
What is a Chiropractic visit like?
A visit to the chiropractor begins when you walk through the clinic door and are greeted by the receptionist. Visits are very similar to what you might expect at any health clinic.
Your information is gathered including your personal contact information plus a health history form and details about your health complaint – What brought you to the Chiropractor today?
2. Case History
Once in the exam room, your chiropractic doctor will introduce themselves, review your paperwork, and ask further questions about your condition and history.
An exam is conducted which include some physical tests such as leaning your body to one side and then the other, checking your reflexes and/or moving your arms and legs. An x-ray or other diagnostic imaging may be recommended in some cases.
Discussing the exam and health history will provide clues for your Chiropractor as to what is the root cause of the problem. The goal is to treat the problem, not just the symptoms. The chiropractic doctor will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. If your problem is not caused by the spine, you may be referred to a medical specialist or other health care provider.
5. Informed Consent
Informed consent is about ensuring you are clear as to the diagnosis, treatment options, and anticipated outcomes of the treatment.
A treatment plan including the types of treatment and duration is proposed and discussed. Once you understand your treatment plan and feel comfortable moving forward, your Chiropractor will perform the treatment, which may consist of a chiropractic adjustment. Adjustments are generally performed on a chiropractic table, somewhat similar to a massage table.
How did you end up in this situation? Your doctor will help you identify the cause of your condition, and recommend exercises and lifestyle advice to accompany your treatment plan. The goal is to get you well and keep you well.
What is an adjustment and is it painful?
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by a hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments help alleviate pain and restore proper movement and mobility of the joint. Commonly, patients experience relief immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience a temporary discomfort or stiffness which is typically minor and short-lived.
How often will I need an adjustment?
Chiropractic is a process, not an event. Treatment for each person is determined based on your individual pain and mobility challenges. Some patients feel better after one treatment, but most require a structured treatment plan that gets to the root of the problem to resolve your issues.
Is chiropractic a regulated health profession?
Like medicine and dentistry, chiropractic is a self-regulating profession, and each provincial chiropractic regulatory body has the authority to grant a license to practice chiropractic. There are Chiropractic Acts in all 10 provinces and the Yukon Territory which establish a self-regulatory process which includes extensive testing for licensure.
In all provinces, licensure requirements include university studies followed by graduation from an accredited chiropractic institution, and passing national and provincial board examinations.