The chiropractors at Back to Health are more than just neck and back doctors: they conduct full body exams to determine where imbalances exist and, when necessary, are able to treat all joints to help resolve conditions. Chiropractic care isn’t just for back pain; it’s for treating any joint that is not functioning or moving properly.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a complementary health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neuromusculoskeletal system conditions and the effects of these disorders on general health. In providing an emphasis on manual therapy including joint adjustment and manipulation, chiropractors contribute to a patient’s overall health.
Chiropractic adjustments are so safe that even newborns, children and pregnant patients can receive adjustments to repair the damage caused by the birth process, early childhood trauma, learning to walk, falls, spinal curves, and improper posture while sitting, sleeping, lifting, and sports related injuries.
Education of a chiropractor
A Doctor of Chiropractic degree is evidence-based with hands-on training. With over 4,300 hours of study of academic and clinical education, including studies in biological sciences, anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, psychology, neurology, as well as clinical and chiropractic sciences, chiropractors are well equipped to help! Chiropractic is a primary contact health care profession emphasizing differential diagnosis, patient-centred care and research, with expert knowledge in spinal and musculoskeletal health. Doctors of Chiropractic examine and diagnose problems much like Medical Doctors. If a chiropractor is not able to treat your condition, they will refer you to the appropriate health care provider.
Year I & Year II
For the first two years of study, students build a foundation of knowledge, and learn how to integrate this knowledge into clinical cases. In year I, the program begins with the basic sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, biomechanics and radiation biophysics), which inform students about the normal processes in the human body. Applied courses (diagnostic imaging interpretation, health promotion, orthopaedics and clinical diagnosis) are added, integrating learning from the basic sciences and leading students to chiropractic diagnosis. In year II, courses in physiology and pathology are added to the curriculum. These courses provide students with the basic understanding of mechanisms related to health, disease and other neuromuscular conditions, and how these mechanisms present in clinical cases. Throughout these first two years, students learn how to take patient histories, as well as the skills that will form the basis for physical examination and treatment (chiropractic technique). They also learn how to critically appraise research so that, as practitioners, they can make sound judgements about new examination and treatment procedures (applied research and biometrics).
In year III students are exposed to an increasing amount of case-based material in order to prepare them for the role of student intern (Year IV) in the chiropractic clinic system. The basic sciences from years I and II are integrated into the clinical and diagnostic sciences, laboratory diagnosis, pathology, and clinical nutrition classes. A comprehensive approach to diagnostic imaging ensures students hone their skills in imaging interpretation and diagnosis. Patient management, ethics and jurisprudence, and emergency care further prepare the students for patient encounters in the chiropractic clinic system and for private practice.
Students take part in a one-year internship in teaching clinics, on campus and in communities.