Dr. Todd Starr is a Chiropractor who has joined our therapy staff. For his “bio” go to our Top Menu and click on Our Staff.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. It is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario
What Training is Required?
- A Doctor of Chiropractic spends four years at an accredited chiropractic institution, receiving more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training.
- The chiropractic curriculum includes studies in anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, chiropractic principles, diagnosis and adjustment techniques.
- Chiropractors continue their education after graduating, acquiring further training and specialization to benefit their patients.
What do Chiropractors Treat?
Chiropractors deal with a wide range of acute and chronic problems including:
- Sports and trauma related injuries (sprains, fractures, dislocations, whiplash, etc.)
- Pain and stiffness due to arthritis, tendinitis and bursitis
- Neck and lower back pain
- Repetitive strain
- Chronic pain syndromes
- Nerve irritation
- Joint or soft tissue pain in children
What Happens When a Chiropractor Sees You?
On your first visit, your chiropractor may ask about:
- your personal and family medical history,
- major illnesses/surgeries you have had,
- medications you are taking,
- a description of your present condition,
- steps taken to manage your condition,
- diet and exercise, sleeping habits, daily activities, work routine, stress level, etc.
Then a thorough evaluation of the area affected will be performed
- this may involve movement, strength and flexibility testing
- gait analysis.
- (N.B. It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit.)
Once a diagnosis has been reached, the chiropractor will discuss your treatment options with you. This may involve stretching, specific exercises, nutrition, modalities such as laser, ultrasound or interferential current, custom orthotics, manipulation, etc.
Another tool is Active Release Technique which is a form of hands-on soft tissue therapy (go to http://www.activerelease.com/what_patients.asp for more information).
Is Chiropractic Covered by Insurance?
Most Extended Insurance and Automobile Insurance plans cover chiropractic fees. WSIB also provides funding for workers injured on the job, as long as they have approval and a valid claim number.