What does a chiropractor do?

A Chiropractor, according to our regulatory body (College of Chiropractors of Ontario) is defined as a health care professional that assesses, diagnoses, manages, and helps to prevent conditions/disorder that arises from issues with people's nerves, muscles, bones, and/or joints. In order to become a licensed Chiropractor in Ontario, they must have: completed a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education graduated from an accredited chiropractic college successful completion of clinical competency and legislation and ethics examinations To formulate a diagnosis or diagnoses, procedures chiropractors may use include taking a thorough health history, performing a physical examination, and requesting/performing and interpreting diagnostic imaging. A few authorized acts that a registered chiropractor is allowed to engage in include: communicating a diagnosis that identifies the cause of the condition to patients moving a joint beyond its usual physiological range of motion with a high velocity low amplitude thrust (chiropractic adjustment/spinal manipulation) Other types of treatments/techniques many chiropractors utilize include soft tissue therapy, joint mobilization, rehabilitative exercises, acupuncture, therapeutic modalities, instrument assisted therapy, and patient education. In addition, the use of devices such as custom orthotics and braces are also within our realm of care. Lastly, as part of being a member of a self-regulated health profession, chiropractors are required to participate in life-long learning, which includes continuing education and professional development, self-assessment and peer and practice assessment.

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Dr. Jason