What is Chiropractic?

One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system.

The word chiropractic comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.”

While chiropractic care is largely associated with spinal care, modern chiropractors are able to treat conditions related to both the spine and the extremities.

The study of chiropractic medicine emphasizes human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Modern chiropractic health care, including joint manipulation or mobilization, is manual therapy designed to relieve pain and restore normal function to joints and the supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments. Chiropractors provide diagnosis, treatment and preventative care for conditions related to your nervous system, bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustments of the vertebra of the spine and other joints of the body. Adjustments help relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the joints and supporting muscles and ligaments. In addition to the chiropractic adjustment, chiropractors use a combination of treatment techniques to address your individual needs.

After completing a comprehensive health history & physical assessment, and diagnosing your area of concern, your chiropractor will recommend a course of treatment customized to meet your needs. Your comprehensive treatment/management plan may include joint manipulation or mobilization, soft tissue/myofascial release techniques, therapeutic exercise, and nutritional counselling. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.


For a number of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. For other conditions, where neuromusculoskeletal symptoms exist, chiropractic care may be complimentary or supportive of medical treatment. There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:


  • Back Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Headache

  • Whiplash

  • Strains and sprains

  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)

  • Work and sports injuries

  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck, or limbs

  • General health and well-being


Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them lead healthy, active lives.