What kind of training and education do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis
and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas: basic training in the biological
and health sciences, specialized training in the chiropractic discipline, and extensive clinical training including physiotherapy,
massage and chiropractic techniques.
Becoming a chiropractor in Canada requires post-secondary education equal to medical school pre-requisites and no less than
4500 hours of classroom and clinical instruction at an institution approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada.
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time.
Our spines change and develop problems just like our teeth, eyes and heart. Left unchecked for a long time, these changes
may lead to pain, stiffness or other more serious problems.
The nervous system is a key part of your body. It is the communication system between your brain and all of your body's muscles,
organs and tissues. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function
well, it must be free of interference.
The spine is the most common site of nervous interference because nerves travel from the spinal cord through openings on either
side of the spine to get to all of your cells and organs.
Each of us is born with the ability to heal and recover from illness. Our bruises heal, cuts mend and common colds are overcome.Your
nervous system regulates this inborn healing ability. Think of your brain as a central command post sending and receiving
information through telephone wires (your nerves) which branch out to connect all areas of a city (your body).
A short circuit in a wire cuts off communication just like misalignments in your spine can put pressure on the nerves. This
pressure interferes with your nervous system, affects your ability to self-heal and may prolong injury or illness.
The customized care you receive from your chiropractor may help to improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility. It can
also restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain quickly, so you can get back to feeling good today!
Is chiropractic care effective?
Yes, chiropractic care is safe and effective.
Over the past 20 years, many controlled and independent research studies have shown again and again that chiropractic care
is safe and effective for treating low back pain, neck pain, headaches and other conditions relating to the spine. Based on
these studies, the consensus is that chiropractic care is the treatment of choice for most spinal problems. The extent to
which a person can benefit from care varies depending on their problem and how long it has existed.
Do many people see a chiropractor?
Alternative and non-medical health care is on the rise in this country and chiropractic is by far the most popular form. According
to current research, approximately one-third of the population recognizes the benefits of alternative health. The majority
of these alternative healthcare users choose chiropractic.
The non-surgical, drug-free healing nature of chiropractic provides benefit to the health of millions of people worldwide
each year. Most chiropractic patients experience real relief and general well being and continue to make regular visits a
part of their healthy lifestyle choice.