Chiropractors are neuro-Musculoskeletal (nMSK) experts, providing care, which begins with an assessment and diagnosis to inform safe and effective treatment, and where appropriate, preventative care. Furthermore, the College of Chiropractors of Ontario (CCO), which regulates chiropractors’ scope of practice, establishes that during chiropractic assessments, a thorough assessment of the patient is conducted on the first visit before a diagnosis and treatment plan is determined and initiated.
Spinal manipulative therapy is an established form of chiropractic treatment that constitutes a controlled act under Ontario’s Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Similarly, it is a controlled act that physicians also have the authority to perform under the Medicine Act, 1991.
In the interest of interprofessional transparency, independent research studies refute misinformation about the correlation of chiropractic treatments, such as spinal manipulative therapy, to the risk of stroke.
Recent examples of these research studies include:
For more details about these studies, please refer to the abstracts of each below.