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Chiropractic Care

Dr. Katelyn Trenouth, DC

What is chiropractic care? 
Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions that affect the joints, muscles, connective tissues, and nerves of the body. Doctors of Chiropractic rely mainly on hands-on treatment techniques, but often include complementary modalities, exercise prescription, and lifestyle advice into their sessions. Treatment plans are patient-centered and evidence-based. Chiropractic care is an excellent conservative (e.g. non-pharmaceutical, non-surgical) option for those looking to prevent or manage pain or injuries, or those looking to optimize their overall health and wellbeing. A growing body of research demonstrates that chiropractic care is safe and effective in the management of neck pain, low back pain, sciatica, nerve entrapments, rotator cuff conditions, headaches, and more.    

What education and training does a chiropractor have? 
Chiropractors are licensed, regulated health care professionals that undergo rigorous theoretical and clinical training prior to practicing. By virtue of their ability to render a diagnosis, chiropractors are 1 of 5 health care professionals in Ontario able to use the title of “Doctor”. Roughly 8 years of post-secondary education is required to become a chiropractor. This includes a 3-to-4-year undergraduate degree, followed by a 4-year Doctor of Chiropractic program that includes foundational and clinical sciences, followed by a clinical internship. Along with mandatory continuing education, many chiropractors complete additional training through specialty or residency programs.  

Do I need a referral? 
No, a referral from a medical doctor is not needed to see a chiropractor.   

What can I expect? 
An initial consultation will include:  
  • Health history 
  • Comprehensive assessment 
  • Report of findings outlining the diagnosis 
  • Proposed treatment plan with the anticipated number of visits     
Treatment and advice may include, but not limited to:  
  • Chiropractic adjustments (joint mobilization/manipulation)  
  • Soft tissue (myofascial) release  
  • Medical (neurofunctional) acupuncture  
  • Exercise prescription  
  • Lifestyle recommendations