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Chiropractors practice a non-invasive, drug-free, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. They use a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints.

What are the conditions that chiropractic is effective for?

+Headaches & Migraines

Chiropractic care, including spinal manipulation therapy, improves migraines and cervicogenic headaches.1

+Low Back Pain

Spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for both acute and chronic back pain.2-4 For chronic back pain, 12 treatments yields the most favorable results.4

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+Neck Pain

Research shows that chiropractic is deemed as more effective than medication for acute neck pain in the short and long term.5,6

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+Plantar Fasciitis

Manual therapy (joint/soft tissue mobilization) in conjunction with stretching and strengthening for patients with plantar fasciitis improved function and sensitivity to pain from 4 to 6 weeks in comparison to other treatments.7

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+Sports Injuries & Performance

The systematic review showed that chiropractic is significantly more effective than conventional treatments in prevention of sports injuries such as lower limb muscle strain, bunions, and tennis elbow.8,9


Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders are a group of conditions creating pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles controlling jaw movement. Chiropractic care can help reduce temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).10


  • Back Pain
  • Car Accident Injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Concussions
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Herniated Disc
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica & Low Back Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Temporo – Mandibular Syndrome (TMJ)


Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain are usually minor and short-lived.

However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively.

Neck adjustment
There are evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in place for chiropractic treatment of neck pain. For both chronic and acute back pain, the guidelines state that manual therapies, mobilization, and patient exercises and stretches are recommended. Patients and their chiropractors work together to determine what treatment options appropriately balance risks with potential benefits. Chiropractors work to limit their patients’ risk by performing thorough histories and examinations and frequently re-evaluating symptoms and progress.

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments free up the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.

Chiropractic care can:

  • Correct gait and foot problems
  • Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
  • Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities
  • Improve your flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve your posture
  • Maintain a healthy spine and joint function
  • Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
  • Relieve pregnancy-related back ache

Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider including a chiropractor.

Chiropractic may be covered by your extended health care insurance provider. In some cases, injuries sustained while on the job or in a motor vehicle accident may be covered for chiropractic care under worker’s compensation or automobile insurance policies.

The number of treatments required and reassessment visits vary depending on the severity and duration of the symptoms to be addressed. Treatments are often once to three times weekly until your health improves and then reduce to maintenance as determined for your optimal wellness.

X-rays can play a role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient case history and conducting a physical examination. Most patients do not require X-rays. Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics from protection to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.


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  1. Bryans, R., Descarreaux, M., Duranleau, M., Marcoux, H., Potter, B., Reugg, R., White, E., & , (2011). Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 34(5), 274-289.
  2. Goertz, C., Long, C., Hondras, M., Petri, R., Delgado, R., Lawrence, D., Owens, E., & Meeker, W. (2013). Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain. Spine, 38(8), 627-634.
  3. Paige, N. M., Miake-Lye, I. M., Booth, M. S., Beroes, J. M., Mardian, A. S., Dougherty, P., … & Shekelle, P. G. (2017). Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Jama, 317(14), 1451-1460.
  4. Haas, M., Vavrek, D., Peterson, D., Polissar, N., & Neradilek, M. B. (2014). Dose-response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for care of chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal, 14(7), 1106-1116.rr prospective, two-arm randomized control trial (RCT) concluded that chiropractic manipulative therapy in conjunction with standard medical care “offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving physical functioning when compared with only standard care, for men and women between 18 and 35 years of age with acute LBP.”
  5. Bronfort, G., Evans, R., Anderson, A. V., Svendsen, K. H., Bracha, Y., & Grimm, R. H. (2012). Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain A Randomized Trial. Annals of internal medicine, 156(1_Part_1), 1-10.
  6. Wong, J. J., Shearer, H. M., Mior, S., Jacobs, C., Côté, P., Randhawa, K., … & van der Velde, G. (2016). Are manual therapies, passive physical modalities, or acupuncture effective for the management of patients with whiplash-associated disorders or neck pain and associated disorders? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the OPTIMa collaboration. The Spine Journal, 16(12), 1598-1630.
  7. Fraser, J. J., Corbett, R., Donner, C., & Hertel, J. (2017). Does manual therapy improve pain and function in patients with plantar fasciitis? A systematic review. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 1-11.
  8. Ernst E, Posadzki P. Chiropractic for the prevention and/or treatment of sports injuries: a systematic review of controlled clinical trials. Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 2012;17:9–14.
  9. Salehi, A, MD, MPH, PhD, Hashemi, N, MSc, Imanieh, MH, MD, et al, Chiropractic: Is it Efficient in Treatment of Diseases? Review of Systematic Reviews, Int J Community Based Nurs Midwifery. 2015 Oct; 3(4):244-254.
  10. R, DC, PhD, Chiropractic Treatment of Temporomandibular Dysfunction: A Retrospective Case Series, J Chiropr Med. 2015 Dec; 14(4): 279-284
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