Doctors of chiropractic (chiropractors) use spinal manipulation, which is a treatment that uses pressure on a joint of the spine. It is used to improve pain and function.
Manipulation can be done with the hands or a special device. The careful, controlled force used on the joint can range from gentle to strong, and from slow to rapid. Sometimes other joints of the body are also worked on to help treat the spine.
Most chiropractors take a natural approach to promoting health through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and exercise. Many chiropractors have extra training in physical rehabilitation and specific exercise therapy. Some also use nutritional analysis, herbal therapy, and acupuncture.
Chiropractors do not prescribe medicine or do surgery. They are able to order or perform diagnostic testing, including X-rays.
To become qualified as a chiropractor in Canada, you must complete a graduate program of study, including clinical experience. The chiropractic student must then pass a national exam to receive a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree. Chiropractors are regulated by statute in Canada.
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine