Chiropractors use a combination of treatments that are suited to each patient’s specific needs.

Chiropractic is a regulated health profession Canada. Doctors of Chiropractic are considered primary care doctors, which means you can visit one without a referral.  Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives. For many people, chiropractic is part of a balanced approach to healthcare, just like regular trips to the dentist.

Why visit a chiropractor?

Back pain, neck pain and headaches are the most common reasons why Canadians first consult a chiropractor, but chiropractors are trained to treat any condition that affects the muscles, bones or joints. If aching joints and muscle pain are affecting your ability to get through the day or keeping you away from your favourite activities, consider chiropractic care.

What conditions can be treated with chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is safe and effective treatment for:

  • Acute and chronic pain in the back, leg and neck
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Injuries from motor vehicle accidents (MVAs)
  • Repetitive strain injuries, including carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, etc.
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder, knee and other joint injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Strains and sprains
  • Stress
  • Whiplash
  • Workplace injuries  (WSIB)

What should I expect in a chiropractic treatment?

To effectively treat aches and pains in your muscles, bones or joints, your chiropractor needs a complete picture of your health. On your first visit, you will need to complete a health history form and an assessment of your current health. Set aside at least 30 minutes for your first visit to the chiropractor. Future visits typically last 15 minutes or less, depending on the type of treatment you need.

Chiropractic treatment most often involves manual adjustments of the musculoskeletal system. An adjustment is a highly precise movement that is applied, by hand, to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens the joint to optimize function and restore proper movement.

An adjustment is a safe and effective way to help relieve pain and restore normal function to the spine. Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment. If you have any questions about manual adjustments, please ask.

Not all people who see a chiropractor will have manual adjustments, however. It is just one tool in a chiropractor’s toolbox. Chiropractors have many different techniques to treat musculoskeletal systems. Your chiropractor can also prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies to help keep you healthy and strong.

Your chiropractor will discuss a schedule of care, depending on your specific circumstances. For some people, a regular schedule of chiropractic is most beneficial; while for others it is only needed in times of pain or discomfort.

Who can benefit from chiropractic care?

The whole family can benefit from chiropractic care.

Seniors can obtain relief from chronic aches and pains, which makes day-to-day living much more manageable.

Working adults can help counter daily stresses to their bodies by getting regular chiropractic care.

Kids, with their active schedules, sports demands and computer time, can also get relief from aches, pains and postural problems as well.

Do Extended Health Care Plans cover chiropractic?

Chiropractic care is covered by most extended health care plans. In some cases, you may require a prescription from your family doctor to be able to make a claim for chiropractic care. Each plan is unique, so it’s best to check with your plan.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about chiropractic, visit the Ontario Chiropractic Association’s website at



Chiropractic uses a manual approach to provide diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. Treatment focuses on the cause of musculoskeletal pain—not just the symptoms. Chiropractors use a combination of treatments that are suited to each patient’s specific needs.

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