Chiropractors are educated and licensed doctors that make a great addition to any health-care team with a particular focus on our neuromusculoskeletal system. The Medical Station encourages seeing a chiropractor for a variety of injuries and conditions including neck, back and joint pain. We even offer chiropractic services in our clinic if you feel it would be helpful for you!
What does a Chiropractor do?
Chiropractors use hands-on, manual manipulations of the body to diagnose, treat or prevent ailments of the neuromusculoskeletal system. This system includes all the bones and muscles of the body, however chiropractors focus mainly on the neck, back, spine, pelvis and joints. However, they also help and treat injuries affecting extremities (shoulders, elbows, wrist, hips, knees and ankles). They perform adjustments to relieve pain, correct structural misalignments or improve the body’s physical function at different points of the body. These adjustments involve the use of the chiropractor’s hands or an instrument which applies a precise sudden force to a joint. Chiropractors also put a lot of emphasis on the creation of a treatment plan which often includes therapeutic exercise and other therapies to complement the chiropractic work.
What are the Qualifications of a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors are required to complete an undergraduate degree, often in basic sciences and then a four to five years in an accredited chiropractic education program before becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine. In order to be fully licensed, they must also complete a one-year clinical internship in their last year of schooling. The College of Chiropractors of Ontario regulates and licenses Chiropractors in Ontario and there are similar colleges in all Canadian provinces and U.S. states.
Who Visits a Chiropractor?
People of all ages can receive chiropractic treatment and there are even some chiropractors who specialize in the treatment of children. Some of the most common reasons for seeking chiropractic care includes neck and back pain, headaches, whiplash, arthritis and well as sports injuries. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you can book an appointment directly with a Chiropractor. Since Chiropractors are primary contact providers, it is not required to obtain a referral from a physician, however you can consult one if you are unsure whether chiropractic is right for you.
What Does it Cost to See a Chiropractor?
As of December 2004, OHIP no longer covers chiropractic care, however many private insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of the chiropractic treatment. Consult your insurance provider to learn more. Most Ontario Chiropractors charge between $86 and $146 for an initial assessment with less expensive follow-up sessions as suggested by the Ontario Chiropractic Association.
More information about Chiropractic Services at The Medical Station including prices and how to book an appointment can be found on our website. Our Chiropractors, Igor and Ngai are accepting new patients and would be happy to discuss with you more about what they do and if it is the right next step for you and your health.
This article was written by Hailey Adler, one of our Summer Administrative Interns. Hailey received a BSc. from the University of Guelph and is attending Queen’s University for a Masters of Anatomical Sciences. She is passionate about all things medical related as well as nutrition and cancer research.