What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a primary health care profession in Ontario. Chiropractic doctors use non-invasive, hands-on techniques to diagnose, treat and prevent disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints (musculoskeletal system).

A chiropractor will take a history, perform a physical examination, and determine the diagnosis. Once the diagnosis is established, the chiropractor will create a treatment plan that may include spinal manipulative therapy (SMT), therapeutic exercises and other non-invasive therapies, as well as provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling.

Chiropractic care may also be used to provide symptomatic relief for patients with chronic conditions.

What are the benefits of Chiropractic?

Chiropractic offers a non-invasive, drug-free approach to healing. Chiropractic care can lead to the following:

  • Improved joint motion and coordination
  • Improved physical function and performance
  • Better Posture
  • Relief from various joint and musculoskeletal pains (back, neck, leg, shoulder arms)
  • Relief and healing from chronic injuries

What are common ailments that Chiropractic doctors treat?

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Neck and Back pains
  • Arthritis/Joint Pains
  • Sports Injuries
  • Post-Concussion Symptoms
  • Work Related Injuries (WSIB)
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Frequently Asked Questions

What to expect on the initial chiropractic visit

Your first visit to a chiropractor at AIM can last for 1 hour, and will consist of a thorough history, a physical, and diagnosis of the chief complaint (reason for the visit). During the history, the Doctor will be engaging you in a conversation that provides information and will help lead toward a diagnosis. The history will also include investigating past medical history and other possible health concerns.

The physical examination will consist of many tests geared toward delivering a proper diagnosis to your area of concern. Components of the physical examination can include medical procedures such as: range of motion testing, neurological, orthopaedic, and functional muscle tests.

After the examination, the Doctor will describe to you what they found, and will provide you with a diagnosis and suggest an individualized treatment plan. If you haven't downloaded the initial consult forms, please arrive at the clinic 10 minutes early to fill out the paperwork.

How are chiropractic doctors trained?

Chiropractors are regulated primary healthcare professionals, and they are one of only five classes of healthcare professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title, Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations to impart a diagnosis.  

Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnose, treat and prevent conditions & disorders of the spine, joints and muscles .There is a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education required to become a licensed doctor of chiropractic, and hundreds of hours of clinical training and hands-on experience.

Are chiropractic treatments covered by OHIP?

No, however, extended healthcare providers (work benefits) do cover chiropractic care.  Please check with your extended health benefits plan to see if you have coverage. No referral is necessary to see a chiropractor.

Do you do direct billing?

We do provide direct billing to most insurance companies. Here are some the the companies we currently bill directly to:

  • Great West Life
  • Sunlife
  • Manulife
  • Green Shield
  • Blue Cross
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