What do Chiropractors do?
Are they real doctors?
What is their Education?
Prior to being eligible for admission into Chiropractic College, students are required to complete a minimum of three years of university. The vast majority of chiropractic students have completed a four year University degree before entering Chiropractic College. The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College curriculum consists of four years of full-time study, including a 12-month clinical internship.
Most Chiropractic curriculums include courses in anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, neurology, embryology, principles of chiropractic, radiology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, nutrition, and clinical sciences specifically relating to diagnosis.
Perhaps what really distinguishes Chiropractic education from most other health disciplines is the intensive training in Radiology. This area of study covers a range of topics from radiation biophysics and protection to clinical X-ray interpretation and diagnosis.
Radiology training in Chiropractic College consists of more than 360 contact hours followed by application during clinical internship. Chiropractic education also involves extensive hands-on clinical training under the supervision of highly-qualified faculty. This training includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and referral protocols. The faculty members at both Canadian Chiropractic Colleges have diverse, highly qualified backgrounds. Faculty come from such disciplines as biological sciences, pathology, medicine and psychology as well as chiropractic.
The two Canadian Chiropractic Colleges have also formed relationships – both formal and informal – with various Universities in Canada.
What is Chiropractic Treatment
What are the benefits?
Is it safe?
What role do X-rays Play?
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Your First Visit at our Burlington Chiropractic Clinic
Your Burlington Chiropractor at Burlington Sports Therapy will perform a proper health history and examination prior to treatment. This will usually require a minimum of 30 minutes. This may include questions about your personal and family medical history, major illnesses you have experienced, previous surgeries and current medications. Your chiropractor will ask you questions about your current condition and the steps you have taken to alleviate it. It is a great idea to bring comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor, but you may be asked to change into a gown to perform some tests. These tests may include a check of your blood pressure, pulse and breathing, a test of your reflexes, strength and sensations and an analysis of your posture. At our Burlington Chiropractic Clinic, we often refer patients for X-rays to local medical X-ray facilities. Your chiropractic examination will include an analysis of your movement. Your chiropractor will evaluate how your spine moves and will identify areas of improper joint movement. Your initial examination will also involve orthopedic testing. These are tests in which the chiropractor will move different joints of your body in an effort to diagnose your condition. Following your examination, your chiropractor will make a diagnosis, prescribe a course of treatment, and once the matter of informed consent has been discussed, treatment usually commences. Your chiropractor will refer you to an alternate practitioner should your condition be better treated by someone else. Our Burlington Chiropractors usually require 10 to 15 minutes for subsequent treatment visits. This duration will obviously depend on the type of treatment you require.
Chiropractic or Sports Medicine?
Many athletes use chiropractic care. At major sporting events like the Olympics, Chiropractors are an integral part of the core medical team. Additionally, professional sports organizations usually have a Chiropractor as part of the health team for players. Chiropractic treatment is often used to improve muscle and joint conditioning, which has an obvious effect on athletic performance. Chiropractic treatment helps to fine-tune athletes. It assists their muscle and joint function and can help reduce long term wear and tear on the muscles and joints. Chiropractic treatment can prevent injuries and speed up recovery time. Although most people select chiropractic care to treat their injuries, many athletes choose chiropractic to improve athletic performance. The treatment approach may be similar in both of these cases; a treatment plan should be outlined for every patient. In the case of professional and elite athletes, chiropractors often work in conjunction with other health care professionals including medical doctors, sports medicine doctors, massage therapists, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and athletic therapists. At Burlington Sports Therapy our Burlington Chiropractors often collaborate with various other health professionals in Burlington.
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