Chiropractors vs Medical Doctors

Is a chiropractor a doctor?

Yes, chiropractors hold their degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), just like a dentist is a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) and your medical doctor is a Doctor of Medicine (MD). Where chiropractors differ is that they do not write their patients drug prescriptions or perform surgeries. The education that DCs receive covers all basic sciences, as well as anatomy and physiology, with special emphasis on the health and function of the spine and nervous system. Like medical school, admission into chiropractic school requires a minimum of four years of undergraduate studies beforehand which include a number of science courses as prerequisites for admission. Also similar to medical licensing, chiropractors write a series of clinical board exams in order to be eligible for licensing and then the final step for their chosen place of license, whatever province they wish to practice in, they write a legal and ethics exam, also known as a jurisprudence exam, pertaining to the specific rules, regulations and laws of practice in that particular province.

Chiropractors approach your health in a unique way

Chiropractors are holistic, non-invasive practitioners who focus on health and vitality as well as management of conditions and relief of symptoms. DCs specialize in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation, or removing interference of the nervous system associated with improper alignment and improper motion of spinal vertebrae. When vertebral subluxation is left uncorrected, it leads to improper communication along nerves, between brain and organs, muscles and all tissues. This contributes to widespread function control problems and can lead to symptoms in any or all parts of the body.

Undoing the cause of disease and pain

Chiropractors are somewhat different from physicians, also known as medical doctors, because they emphasize “a whole-person approach” to care. While the allopathic paradigm of medical physicians may focus on relieving symptoms that have resulted from some dysfunction or loss of health, chiropractors consider the body and its ability to heal itself as the way to resolving the underlying by facilitating the body in healing, and removing any interference to the processes of normal bodily function and proper healing.

Who is your Chiropractor in Vaughan?

Once you find a chiropractor and begin chiropractic care of your spine and nervous system, these visits are meant to complement visits you would have with your medical doctor, not necessarily replace them. You would see your chiropractor for matters concerning your spine and nervous system, while you’d see your medical doctor for other health concerns that may arise which are unrelated and not part of chiropractic care. In the case of chronic conditions, chiropractors and medical doctors often co-manage such cases, especially if they are complex or difficult in any way. Feel free to have this type of discussion with your chiropractor.