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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.
Your First Visit to the Chiropractor
Chiropractors are educated as primary health care providers, so you don’t need a referral from your doctor or any other professional in order to see them.
During your first visit, I will conduct a clinical interview, consisting of a description of the reasons that led you to consult a chiropractor, and a review of your current and past health history.
I will carry out a detailed physical assessment that involves an examination of your posture, orthopedic and neurological tests, and palpation of your joints and muscles. X-rays are not always required but may be recommended where appropriate.
After the interview and examination, I will give you my chiropractic diagnosis. If chiropractic care can help you, I will tell you what treatments I propose, based on your condition, your preferences and your wellness goals.
Duration of Chiropractic Care
My goal is to treat your condition as quickly and as effectively as possible.
Some conditions take no more than one treatment to resolve. Other conditions take a few, while more chronic conditions may require further treatments. Regardless of the condition, I never follow a pre-set treatment plan. All treatments are tailored to the patient’s specific needs and preferences, and are periodically re-evaluated.
Why and for whom
You do not need a referral from your doctor or any other health professional to see Dr. Valéry Bergeron, chiropractor. Her treatment plans are tailored to the patient’s condition and general state of health. Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care.