Did you know that 8 of 10 Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life?
Did you know that at any given time, 1/3rd of people in Ontario are experiencing back pain?
Did you know that Chiropractic Care is covered by most Health Insurance Benefit plans and can be an effective approach for managing back pain and preventing it’s recurrence?
What is a Chiropractor?
A Chiropractor is a regulated primary care professional, and as such are one of only five classes of health care professionals that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations.
In order to become a Chiropractor, one must complete an Undergraduate Degree within a University and then complete another four years of school at a Chiropractic College where courses include anatomy, physiology, laboratory diagnosis, neuroanatomy, Chiropractic philosophy and manual adjustive techniques.
Chiropractors are extensively trained in order to assess, diagnose, prevent, and manage conditions of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous tissue. These conditions can result in back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, etc.
What is an Adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment is a precisely administered movement that is most commonly applied by hand to a joint within the body in order to restore proper movement within the joint, which helps our bodies to function optimally. During an adjustment, patients may hear a popping sound and often ask what causes this. The noise associated with the adjustment is simply gas escaping the joint.
When should I see a chiropractor?
There are many reasons for people to visit a Chiropractor including but not limited to sports injuries, overuse injuries, workplace or motor vehicle accidents, headaches, joint stiffness, or for general wellness. Chiropractic care can be of benefit to you even when you do not have painful symptoms, but simply to help live a healthy and active lifestyle while feeling your best.
Here are some of the most common reasons why more than 4 million Canadians visit a chiropractor each year:
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Strains and sprains from daily activities
• Repetitive strain injuries
• Work and sports-related injuries
• Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
• General health and well-being
What can Chiropractic Care do for me?
Chiropractic care can:
- Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Improve your posture
- Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Lead to enhanced athletic performance
- Improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
- Correct gait and foot problems
Do I need a referral from my Family Doctor?
Because Chiropractors are legislated at Primary Care Professionals throughout Canada, patients can consult with them directly and do not require a referral from an MD.