Chiropractors assess and diagnose complaints related to the spine, joints, muscles and nerves. Using techniques including adjusting the spine and extremities, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation and education, chiropractors work to treat and prevent these conditions.
Herniated discs, tight muscles, sciatica and headaches are all well managed by chiropractic care. Not only are chiropractors experts at treating neck and back pain, but treat a number of conditions related to other parts of the body. Frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, IT band syndrome, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sports injuries like sprains and strains are all amenable to chiropractic care. As these conditions often result from poor posture, movement patterns or overuse, rehabilitation and education are important parts of care to prevent a recurrence of symptoms.
In addition to obtaining a three-year undergraduate degree, chiropractors undergo over 4000 hours of training over four years. Completing advanced courses in subjects including anatomy, neuroanatomy, human kinetics and body mechanics, pathology, physiology, nutrition, medical imaging, treatment techniques and rehabilitation, and fulfilling a full year practical component, chiropractors are one of only five health professionals permitted to use the title "Doctor" in Ontario. Chiropractors are considered front-line health care providers and work closely with other healthcare professionals to ensure you get the care you need. You do not need a prescription or referral from a medical doctor to see a chiropractor.