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 (e.g. myofascial release therapy, or instrument assisted soft tissue therapy), 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)
Have questions about whether Chiropractic is right for you and your specific health concerns? You can book a complimentary 15-minute session to meet Dr. Lester or Dr. Ostrander to learn more about chiropractic, and see if it’s the right fit for you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your first visit is 45 minutes in length, and it 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.
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.