Expecting moms to seniors are among the people who chiropractors help at various stages of their lives to alleviate persistent or sporadic pain, reduce their risk of injuries or improve flexibility, mobility and posture. Specialized animal chiropractors also care for pets and large animals, such as horses.
A chiropractor is a spine, muscle, joint and nervous system expert, who applies the best available evidence and clinical expertise to diagnose health issues that affect your body’s movement. Using primarily their hands, your chiropractor will treat these issues without medication or surgery and help prevent them from returning.
To learn what chiropractic care may be able to do for you, check/download this PDF pamphlet ‘How a Chiropractor Can Help You.’ You can also check our Chiropractors Helping Patients blog to learn about Ontario chiropractors and how they are helping patients address specific challenges or ways to live their best life. And it’s worth noting that in Ontario, you can visit a chiropractor without a referral from a doctor or other health care professional.
Who Chiropractors Help through Specializing
Following six to seven years of post-secondary education, some chiropractors pursue additional academic and practical education to specialize in clinical sciences and diagnostic imaging, pediatric, spinal stenosis, sports sciences, rehabilitation or animal chiropractic care. In addition, The Federation of Canadian Chiropractic (FCC) recognizes specific disciplines in the areas of sports sciences, orthopedics, radiology, physical rehabilitation and clinical sciences, through five accredited specialty colleges. A chiropractic specialist is someone who attains post-graduate qualifications in one or more of these specialties and completes a minimum two-year, full-time post-graduate residency program at one of these colleges and is acknowledged as a Fellow.