A chiropractor is a doctor who specializes in moving parts. In Canada, a chiropractor is a member of both the national and provincial Chiropractic Associations and must comply with strict regulations about patient care, and the completion of ongoing continuing education. A chiropractor is a primary care practitioner, meaning a chiro is trained in diagnosis and can tell you if other health care is required in your situation. MSP, ICBC and WSBC recognize chiropractors as primary care providers, so you do not need a referral before you can see this specialist.
Derived from the Greek words “chiro” and “praxis” meaning “done by hand”, Chiropractic takes a hands-on, proactive approach to health.
Chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy is unique, and cannot be performed by other health practitioners. It is the evidence-based treatment of choice for headache and low back pain and is so safe that it is recommended before the use of medications or bedrest under medical guidelines, where those guidelines have been updated.
Your chiropractor’s goal is to diagnose your spinal condition, develop an individualized treatment plan and provide education around injury prevention.