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After completing the extensive Doctor of Chiropractic degree program, Chiropractors are designated to use the title “doctor” and are regulated across all 10 Canadian provinces. Similar to physicians, dentists, and optometrists, these professions who are recognized to use the “doctor” title receive comprehensive training in their area of expertise that allows them to bear the title of “doctor.”
Absolutely not. You are free and encouraged to continue with chiropractic care long-term if you are happy with your results and wish to receive ongoing care, but there is no obligation whatsoever to do so. Chiropractors perform assessments to determine the root of a patient’s pain, and devise from these observations a treatment plan that meets the patient’s unique needs and goals. A chiropractor may recommend a certain number of visits dependent on the patient’s diagnosis, and these recommendations greatly vary according to specific symptoms and treatment methods. The decision to continue or not with chiropractic care is yours, and always will be.
Not only do chiropractors complete an intensive 4-year full-time accredited academic program and internship, but they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of university level education to be eligible for admission to chiropractic college. Following university, chiropractic college, and internships, chiropractors must pass highly intensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice in their province.
Across all 10 provinces, chiropractors are primary contact providers. This means that you can access a chiropractor without having a referral from another healthcare provider. Chiropractors have extensive training as diagnosticians, and will perform comprehensive assessments on new patients in order to diagnose them. In some cases, a referral is necessary to access insurance coverage depending on your benefits provider, but you will never be refused treatment due to a lack of a referral.
Due to how intrinsically unique our bodies are, results from chiropractic treatments can greatly differ. Chiropractic care is often one of the last options people turn to when experiencing prolonged pain, so by the time many people consult with a chiropractor, they’ve been affected by their condition for a long time and thus their healing process is different than someone who comes in immediately after experiencing pain or an injury. Pain relief from treatments can be temporary, but each treatment brings you one step closer to healing, building on each previous treatment.
Adjustments and joint manipulations generally do not hurt. On the contrary, patients often experience immediate pain relief following adjustments. Some patients hear a cracking/popping sound during adjustments; these sounds are believed to be caused by the release of gas bubbles from the joint being adjusted.