What is an adjustment?

"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 to the joint restores proper movement and improves function. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape causing a popping noise, similar to when you crack your knuckles."

- Canadian Chiropractic Association

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

"No.  A patient does not need a referral.  Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact healthcare professionals in every province in Canada.  This means that patients can consult them directly."

- Canadian Chiropractic Association 

What is subluxation?

"Chiropractic is concerned with the preservation and restoration of health, and focuses particular attention on the subluxation. A subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. A subluxation is evaluated, diagnosed, and managed through the use of chiropractic procedures based on the best available rational and empirical evidence."

- Association of Chiropractic Colleges

Does chiropractic treatment usually require x-rays (radiological examination)?

"X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken only when a need has been determined after taking a patient’s case history and conducting a physical examination. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right."

- Canadian Chiropractic Association

Who can benefit from chiropractic treatment?





Pregnant women

Older adults

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How are chiropractors educated?

"Following three years of university education, chiropractors acquire their skills through 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 in the province of their choice.  Chiropractors are regulated health professionals."

- Canadian Chiropractic Association