Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors assess and treat the musculoskeletal system — the spine, pelvis, joints, and nervous system. Treatment generally consists of hands-on manipulation.

What is chiropractic?

chiropractor hamiltonChiropractic is the manual adjustment of vertebrae and joints. Chiropractors use specific movements and techniques to realign the skeletal system, relieving pain and improving mobility.

Adjustments are highly specialized, precise movements that loosen the joints to restore and optimize function.

Chiropractic care is often the primary treatment for conditions such as low back pain. It can also be used to supplement other therapies for a wide range of health concerns.

What is a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are doctors. They spend four additional years studying chiropractic care specifically. Their education also includes over 2000 hours of clinical practice, and they must pass a licensing exam.

Chiropractors are licensed and regulated by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO).

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor’s main therapy technique is adjustment. Using their hands, they perform precise movements with controlled force, direction, and speed to loosen and realign the spine and joints.

Other potential treatments include low-force chiropractic care, lifestyle changes (diet, exercise), and non-manual therapies (compression stockings, custom orthotics).

What conditions can chiropractic care treat?

Chiropractors are often primary care practitioners for back injuries, back spasms, and chronic lower back pain.

Other conditions commonly treated by chiropractors are:

  • whiplash
  • headaches
  • pinched nerves
  • sciatic nerve pain
  • strains and sprains
  • workplace injuries
  • limited joint mobility

What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care can be used to treat, manage, and prevent back and joint pain. Your chiropractor will tailor your treatment to the specific issues and goals uncovered in your assessment.

Common benefits of chiropractic treatment include:

  • back, neck, joint, or nerve pain relief
  • better posture and correction of gait problems
  • increased mobility through torso, neck, and limbs
  • prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries

Is chiropractic covered by insurance?

OHIP does not pay for chiropractors, but many extended health plans include chiropractic coverage. WSIB or auto insurance claims may also cover chiropractic treatment as part of rehabilitation for a work-related injury or car accident.

As a full-service clinic, Main Street Health will work with your insurance provider and can even bill participating insurance plans directly.

Other Common Questions

Are chiropractors doctors?

Yes, chiropractors are doctors. Their official title is Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic treatment is based on science and research. It is completely safe for most people. Your chiropractor will complete a full health assessment to make sure you receive the safest, most effective chiropractic treatment.

Does chiropractic hurt?

Chiropractic treatment relieves pain. Some people experience mild soreness at the treatment site immediately afterwards, but this quickly fades.

Why do backs or joints crack during chiropractic treatments?

When vertebrae or joints are realigned, trapped air is forced out. This can sometimes create the popping sound referred to as cracking. This is normal, safe, and painless when it occurs during proper chiropractic treatment.

How often and how long will I have to see a chiropractor?

The number and frequency of chiropractic adjustments and the overall duration of treatment is patient-specific. Your chiropractor will assess your medical needs, overall health, and lifestyle to create a treatment plan uniquely tailored to your goals.

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