What is a Chiropractor?

Doctors of Chiropractic are experts trained in the neuromusculoskeletal system (specifically the nerves, muscles and bones in your back). They diagnose and treat disorders of the spine and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation. Chiropractors provide conservative management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders including, but not limited to, back pain, neck pain and headaches (over 90 percent of conditions treated). They may also advise patients on corrective exercises, lifestyle and nutrition.

What does a Chiropractor do?

The primary goal of any Chiropractor is to provide a conservative, drug-free treatment of dysfunctions in the spine that can lead to nerve interference and many times, pain.   These “nerve interferences” are often referred to as “Subluxations” by Chiropractors, but the general public knows them as “pinched nerves”, “slipped discs”, and a back “out of alignment”.  Subluxations are often the root cause of back pain, headaches and neck pain, not to mention a myriad of other potential issues such as digestive problems, muscle weakness and fatigue.

To remove a Subluxation a Chiropractor performs a “chiropractic adjustment”.  This adjustment is a manipulative therapy, which may involve the Doctor adjusting your spine using his or her hands, or using another tool or device.  Depending on your condition, and the technique perfected by your Chiropractor, this adjustment may involve bringing your spine to its full range of motion, or it may involve the most gentle pressure on a specific area of your spine.  While all Chiropractors in Canada are highly skilled, regulated, and trained, we do not all practice the same way.  Doctors of Chiropractic are diverse in their techniques and areas of expertise and it is important that you find the Chiropractor who practices the Chiropractic technique that you are comfortable with.