What is Chiropractic?


What Qualifications Does a Chiropractor Have?


In order to practice chiropractic in the Province of Ontario, the Doctor must have obtained a Doctorate of Chiropractic from an accredited Chiropractic College after having completed at minimum three years of Undergraduate education.  All told, the Doctor will have completed a minimum of 7 years in post-secondary education before being eligible to graduate. 


Course in classroom hours

 Chiropractic               Medicine

540  Anatomy  508

240  Physiology  326

360  Pathology  401

165  Chemistry  325

120  Microbiology  114

630  Diagnosis  324

320  Neurology  112

360  X-Ray  148

60  Psychiatry  144

60  Obstetrics  148

210  Orthopedics  156


3,065                 2,706


Spinal Adjustments           Pharmacology

Nutrition                Immunology

Advanced Radiology         General Surgery


 Chiropractic                            Medicine

4,485                                   4,248


The doctor must also have passed three different Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board examinations, as well as an ethics examination administered by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario before applying for their license.  Doctors of Chiropractic in Ontario must also participate in continuing education hours to remain in good standing with the college.


Who Can Benefit From Chiropractic Care?


Chiropractic care can benefit people at all stages of life.


Children can benefit from chiropractic care from early on.  It can help with discomforts that can occur with their growth, as well as help them to recover from the bumps and bruises they accumulate along the way.  Some common issues that parents have sought chiropractic care for include the physical discomforts associated with issues like colic, constipation, feeding issues, and sleep disturbances.  Chiropractic care does not treat visceral conditions but can be quite helpful with physical discomforts associated with many issues that kids experience.


Chiropractic can also be beneficial during pregnancy to ensure proper pelvic biomechanics, which can help encourage proper fetal positioning and easier labour/delivery.


Adults can benefit from chiropractic care in many ways.  It can help with overall function, and of course pain relief.  The effect of the chiropractic adjustment on the nervous system helps to clarify communication between the brain and body, which will help with all manners of function.  It primarily helps to optimize biomechanics, in order to keep you moving through all of life's stages.



Conditions that Respond Well to Chiropractic Care


Chiropractors DO NOT TREAT specific conditions.  Chiropractic adjustments may help with the physical symptoms associated with various conditions that people commonly experience.   These include:


  • Wellness and Preventative Care

  • Fibromyalgia

  • TMJ Dysfunction

  • Pregnancy-Related Discomfort

  • Ergonomic Posture and Related Problems

  • Allergies

  • Asthma

  • Colic

  • Constipation

  • Ear Infections

  • Chronic Sinus Issues

  • Reflux

  • Menstrual dysfunction

  • Menopausal symptoms

  • Low Back Pain, Mid Back Pain, and Neck Pain

  • Migraines and Tension Headaches

  • Sciatica

  • Whiplash

  • Concussion Management

  • Postural Strain
  • Disc Herniation

  • Muscle Spasm and Pain

  • Nerve Entrapments and "Pinched Nerves"

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

  • Shoulder Complaints

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries

  • Golfer's Elbow or Medial Epicondylopathy

  • Tennis Elbow or Lateral Epicondylopathy

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Knee Issues

  • Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome

  • Piriformis Syndrome

  • Sprains and Strains

  • Tendonitis/Tendinopathy

  • Shin Splints

  • Bursitis

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, and Arch Pain

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Repetitive Strain Injury

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