Commonly Asked Questions
WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTOR & THE CHIROPRACTIC PROFESSION?
Chiropractic is a regulated-health profession in Canada under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and one of seven professions designated to use the honorific of doctor. Chiropractors are able to assess, diagnose and treat neuromusculoskeletal conditions using non-invasive, drug-free therapies, which typically encompass different forms of manual therapy (using hands or other tools) but primarily involves adjustments.
A chiropractor must undergo at least seven years of postsecondary education, including completion of a four-year doctor of chiropractic program from an accredited institution. Chiropractors must also complete a three-part licensing examination in Canada and be registered with the respective provincial regulatory authority in the province they practice. Chiropractors have extensive training in the areas of human anatomy and biomechanics, rehabilitation, nutrition, diagnosis, physical assessment and diagnostic imaging. They are fully equipped to guide you through your journey to optimal health and appreciate when and how to include other health care professionals in your care.
Chiropractors are also considered primary contact health care providers, meaning no referral is required to access care.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Before your visit, you will be asked to fill out some health history forms. On the initial visit, together we will go over your health history, health in the present –what brings you in today, and your health for the future – specific goals you would like us to work towards. We will then thoroughly examine and assess, come to a diagnosis and make some recommendations for how I can help guide you in your health endeavors.
In subsequent visits, we will take an approach that is best suited for your needs, wants and goals. This will most certainly include, smiles and enthusiasm. It will also include some form of manual therapy, education and advice.
IS THIS THE RIGHT THING FOR ME?
Like my mother and other wise parents all over the world assert, ‘you’ll never know until you try it!’ If you are someone that is looking to take their health goals to the next level, I am confident that I can guide and assist you in some or many ways. One of the greatest strengths in the chiropractic profession, which can also be frustrating at times, is that no two chiropractors are made equal. Each and every practitioner has a similar base of education and training but each of us put our own ‘flare’ into our practice. If you have had a past experience with the profession that did not meet your expectations, I urge you to reconsider. Feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns you may have.
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME?
Now. Yesterday. Tomorrow. Anytime is the right time! Unfortunately, most of us wait until disaster strikes, to get professional help. This is okay too. However, there is no time like the present to start working toward a greater state of health. In fact, coming in proactively may help us tease out certain ominous issues and prevent things from impacting your life.
WHY COME SEE ME?
First, no one experiences anything in the exact same way, so while I cannot understand what you are going through and how it is affecting your life, I will do everything I can to appreciate your specific situation and experiences so that we, as a team, can come up with the best way to get you feeling healthier and living extraordinarily. Second, my smile is quite contagious :)
For more answers to great questions, click here to link to the Ontario Chiropractic Association's FAQ page