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FAQ

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. Adjustment to the joint restores proper movement and improves function. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape causing a popping noise, similar to when you crack your knuckles.  Depending on the nature of the problem, your chiropractor may also utilize joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercises to relieve your pain and get you moving again.

Who do I contact to voice a concern about my treatment?

All Canadians are entitled to safe and competent healthcare. If you have questions or concerns about the chiropractic care you have received you can contact the regulatory agency in your province. Each province also has a regulatory body, established in legislation, which is responsible for licensing practitioners, establishing standards of practice, and protecting the public interest.

How are chiropractors educated?

Following three years of university education, chiropractors acquire their skills through a rigorous four-year, full -time accredited academic program including internship.  Chiropractors must then pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice in the province of their choice.  Chiropractors are regulated health professionals.

What research has been done on chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science.  Spinal manipulative therapy (adjustment) provided by doctors of chiropractic has been researched extensively both in Canada and internationally. Chiropractors offer a safe, non-invasive approach to joint and muscle problems.

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

No.  A patient does not need a referral.  Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact healthcare professionals in every province in Canada.  This means that patients can consult them directly.

Is chiropractic care covered by health insurance?

Chiropractic care is covered extensively by third party payers. These include employee benefit plans, the federal public service, worker’s compensation boards, the automobile insurance industry, extended healthcare benefits, the RCMP, Canadian Forces and Veteran’s Affairs Canada.  Check your health plan to determine the coverage available to you for chiropractic care. Chiropractic services are also partially funded by the provincial health plan of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Does chiropractic treatment usually require x-rays?

X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken only when a need has been determined after taking a patient’s case history and conducting a physical examination. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.

What is a subluxation?

Subluxation is a term used to describe a problem with a spinal joint. The World Health Organization defines a “subluxation” as a functional problem related to a joint and the structures associated with the joint such as the muscles, tendons and nerves. Dysfunction can present itself in various ways such as pain, inflammation and restricted movement of the joint. Some types of dysfunction, such as a sprain, will not appear on an x-ray. Chiropractors are trained to identify dysfunction that does not appear on imaging through the use of manual examination and non-imaging diagnostic tests.

How can I find a chiropractor in my community?

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