Chiropractors are primary contact health care providers, meaning that a referral is not necessary for access to chiropractic assessment, diagnosis and treatment. During their education, chiropractors receive an education in physiology and anatomy comparable to their medical counterparts but with an emphasis on musculoskeletal health, drug-free treatment and non-invasive hands on care.
Chiropractors treat disorders related to the spine, nervous system and joints of the extremities. The primary goal of chiropractic manipulation, also referred to as adjustment, is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints, thereby reducing pain and increasing joint function and improve overall health.
Chiropractors may design a program that includes exercise and nutritional advice.
During the fourth year of the program, students obtain their clinical experience as interns at one of CMCC's several teaching clinics, which are located throughout the greater Toronto area.
An adjustment (also known as manipulation) is a precise procedure, usually applied by hand, to the joints of the body. Adjustments work to improve mobility, restore range of motion, and increase movement of the adjoining muscles to relieve pressure and tension.
Set aside at least 60 minutes for your first visit to the chiropractic clinic which will include a comprehensive history, exam and diagnosis. Future visits typically last 30 minutes or less. If you have an x-ray or radiography report, please bring it.
Treatment may begin during the first visit or the second, depending on the time available.