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Questions & Answers
Canada’s chiropractors provide answers to their top nine questions regarding back health services.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
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An adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. Adjustment corrects the joint to restore proper movement and improve function. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape causing a popping noise, similar to when you crack your knuckles. Depending on the nature of the problem, your chiropractor may also utilize joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercises to relieve your pain and get you moving again. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
How do I find a chiropractor?
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There are more than 7,000 licensed chiropractors throughout Canada available to help you with your neck, back, headache and shoulder pain. An MD’s referral is not needed for a visit. Recommendations from family and friends are always a great way to find a chiropractor. Or visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
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Chiropractors are experts in treating injuries and disorders of the muscles, bones and joints of the body. Back pain, neck pain and headache are among the most common reasons why Canadians consult a chiropractor. Chiropractic care can help restore proper movement in your body and improve your flexibility and posture. Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
What education do chiropractors have?
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Following university, a chiropractor must complete a rigorous four-year, full-time accredited academic program including internship. Chiropractors must then pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice. Chiropractors are regulated health professionals. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
What should I expect on a first visit?
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If you are visiting a chiropractor for the first time, expect to provide a health history. This may include asking you about any illnesses, past surgeries, medications and other health issues. The chiropractor will ask you about your pain and conduct a physical examination to assess and diagnose the problem. Sometimes x-rays may be required. Your chiropractor will explain the findings of the assessment to you and discuss the treatment recommendations, ensuring your consent to treatment is informed and your questions are answered. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
How can chiropractic care help my back pain?
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Chiropractic care can restore healthy function to your spine and the related muscles and ligaments to get you moving again. Chiropractors are specialists in adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints of the body. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal movement – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible. Length of treatment will vary for each patient, but many patients will begin to feel better after a few visits. People who have lived with long-term back pain or have degenerative problems will typically be in treatment longer. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
What are the causes of neck pain?
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Neck pain is a common problem with many possible causes. Poor posture, hunching over a computer, arthritis, whiplash and muscle strain from simple things like reading in bed or grinding your teeth can all trigger neck pain. When your neck muscles become tired and strained, pain is usually the first symptom. In rare cases, neck pain can be a sign of something serious. Seek immediate attention if your neck pain is accompanied by severe headache and symptoms such as numbness, blurred vision, loss of balance or trouble speaking.

Chiropractors are well trained to diagnose your neck pain and provide hands-on treatment that works. In fact, a recent international study on neck pain found that manual therapies such as adjustment are among the few treatments that help to relieve neck pain. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
What are the causes of headaches?
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Frequent headaches that affect your ability to sleep or get on with your day can be disabling. Common types of headaches are tension headaches that can hurt anywhere on the head, and migraine headaches that are accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light. The causes of headaches are not always well understood, but a family history of headaches, neck stiffness and stress are common factors.

Chiropractors are highly trained to diagnose your type of headache and provide hands-on treatment that works. Frequent, severe headaches should not be ignored. A chiropractor will assess your symptoms, diagnose your headache and recommend a treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
When should I consider chiropractic care?
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If you experience pain that lasts more than a few days, consult a chiropractor for an assessment. A chiropractor will recommend a course of treatment specific to you which may include spinal adjustments, joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation or therapeutic exercises. Most people respond well to treatment and get back to their regular activities faster than waiting it out. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.
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Questions & Answers
“When should I consider chiropractic care?”
If you experience pain that lasts more than a few days, consult a chiropractor for an assessment. A chiropractor will recommend a course of treatment specific to you which may include spinal adjustments, joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation or therapeutic exercises. Most people respond well to treatment and get back to their regular activities faster than waiting it out. To find a chiropractor near you, visit Locate a Chiropractor on the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.