Misconceptions About Chiropractic In Thunder Bay And Beyond


Misconceptions About ChiropracticThere are many misconceptions surrounding the profession of chiropractic; including what they can treat, are they really doctors, are their treatments safe, and is it painful? I would like to address just a few of the most prevalent of these misconceptions so that your decision to consult with a chiropractor can be based on facts.

Firstly, chiropractors are in fact doctors, being one of only five professions within the province of Ontario authorized to use the title. They are given the responsibility of examining a patient and upon evaluation of all of the evidence, communicate a diagnosis. This is no small thing as any subsequent treatment is based on the accuracy of this diagnosis. A good doctor will take the necessary time to explain how they arrived at their diagnosis, what the doctor can or cannot do for their patient, and what the patient needs to know and what to do to help themselves though a problem. Information can empower an individual and thus expedite the healing process, and it can reduce the associated anxiety often found in people dealing with health issues.

Chiropractic has become Canada’s third largest primary contact health care profession, and is in fact Canada’s largest drugless health profession. Chiropractors are not licensed to prescribe drugs and many people consult with a chiropractor on that basis. They use a host of manual treatment methods that are designed to get their patients out of pain and back to functioning at their optimal level. For some, this may require only a few treatments; for others if their condition or problem is more serious or chronic, they may require months of care. Chiropractic pioneered and continues to offer a non-invasive, conservative, preventative and whole body approach to health. They use highly specialized hands-on healing techniques which assist your body to heal itself naturally.

Chiropractors in Canada require a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education. Many applicants attempting to attain entrance into a chiropractic educational institution now have a minimum of four years of university education. All chiropractic schools have strict prerequisite entrance courses such as physics, organic and inorganic chemistry, biology, biochemistry and a variety of social science courses. The requirements are much the same as that needed for other health professions such as dentistry and medicine. Licensing procedures involve examinations at the provincial and national board levels. Once licensed to practice, chiropractors are required to take continuing education courses each year in order to maintain their license.

One of the biggest misconceptions involving the profession is the issue of safety. Chiropractic has suffered tremendous underutilization due to many years of misinformation and ignorance regarding its safety. In fact, the safety record of chiropractic would be considered enviable if it were stacked up against many other types of treatment for the same conditions that countless chiropractors focus their practice on. Chiropractic has a proven and scientifically validated place in health care for the treatment of such conditions as acute and chronic lower back pain, sciatica, migraine and cervicogenic headaches and numerous other musculoskeletal conditions. A much bigger concern surrounds the issue of those chiropractors who claim to be able to treat conditions not related to the musculoskeletal system, such as high blood pressure and various forms of cancer, through the administration of spinal manipulation. Many of them also openly condemn other types of health care providers in front of their patients. Your chiropractor should be open to working with other providers to ensure that you are receiving the best and most effective care possible.

Each year in Canada, chiropractic doctors provide more than 30 million treatments. Every day, over 150 000 people or about 13% of the population visit a chiropractor. Chiropractic can’t treat everything, but those doctors who focus on what chiropractic has been proven to be effective in treating are rewarded with the satisfaction of seeing their patients getting back to their activities of daily living pain-free.

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