Chiropractic is a health care discipline that aims to diagnose, treat and prevent musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractic doctors have a 5-year doctoral degree in their field.
Chiropractors are trained to detect and treat conditions and injuries to the spine, peripheral joints, muscles and nerves. Chiropractic care focusses primarily on the spine (vertebrae of the neck and back, vertebral dysfunctions), but is also indicated for conditions and injuries of the peripheral joints: shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles.
Chiropractic favours a manual, natural and non-invasive treatment approach in order to relieve the patient’s pain and emphasize better posture.
The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek kheir meaning “hands” and praktikos meaning “to do or to exercise”. Chiropractic is also called in french “chiropractie” ou “chiropraxie”, but in Montreal, the term “chiropractic” is still most often used. A chiropractor is also called in french a “chiropracteur”.
A chiropractor is a first-contact health care professional, meaning that no referral from your doctor is required to consult a chiropractor.
Your chiropractor knows what advice to give you in order to help you achieve and maintain good health. He or she is an important partner in the pursuit of overall wellness.
In Québec, the chiropractic profession is regulated by the Office des professions du Québec and the Ordre des chiropraticiens du Québec (Québec Order of Chiropractors; OCQ), whose mission is to protect the public.