What does a chiropractic treatment include?
Your first visit includes a detailed health history, a physical exam, and treatment. You will be given home care and exercises specifically tailored to your needs on your first treatment. Treatment plans typically span several treatments to ensure that you achieve best results. If you would like to learn more about what chiropractors do, please read more on Our Services
What is Chiropractic?
The word “chiropractic” comes from Greek and literally translates “done by hand”. The art and science of adjusting the joints of the human body has been practiced for many centuries. Chiropractors are highly trained professionals who use adjustments, among many other therapies, to relive pain and restore normal function of the spine and other major joints of the body. Chiropractors use a variety of therapies such as therapeutic rehabilitation exercises, soft tissue work, nutritional counselling, and lifestyle changes to prevent injury.
Does Chiropractic care require a referral from a medical or family doctor?
No. Chiropractors are primary health care professionals in BC and throughout Canada. Chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, specialists, and physiotherapists to achieve best patient care. Chiropractors and medical doctors often collaborate and share medical results and medical treatments. If appropriate, chiropractors may refer you to a medical doctor if necessary and appropriate.
Is chiropractic care covered under extended medical?
Yes, most plans include chiropractic coverage- no referral from a medical doctor is necessary. Please check with your extended medical benefit provider.
What are some of the benefits of Chiropractic care?
· Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities
· 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
· Help other neurological symptoms, including numbness/tingling and weakness
When should I see a Chiropractor?
Up to 90% of the Canadian population will experience back pain at a point in their life. For many people the pain can be debilitating and keep them away from work, school, sports, and life. If the pain affects you in any of these negative ways, or if you want to feel better you should consult a health care provider, such as a chiropractor.
Chiropractors require a minimum of 7 years of school in Canada. Most chiropractors have four years of pre-requisite education and four years of chiropractic education. Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose, manage, and treat musculoskletal disorders. Musculoskeletal disorder may include headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica, and general muscle soreness. If you have any of these ongoing issues you may be a good candidate for chiropractic care.
Can Chiropractors cure other things other than back pain?
Chiropractors cannot cure every condition, but there is a lot of scientific evidence that chiropractors may help with other things. Many people find significant relief and progress with everything from reoccurring sports injuries, overuse injuries, work injuries, migraines and headaches, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, asthma, chronic fatigue, complications from diabetes, post-operative pain management, and more.