What Do Calgary Chiropractors Do?
Doctors of chiropractic are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions and disorders related to the spine, nervous system and musculoskeletal system; this includes the back, neck, head, pelvis, and extremity joints. These kinds of conditions and disorders can present themselves as:
– Back pain
– Neck pain
– Whiplash & auto accident injuries
– Strains & Sprains
– Repetitive Strain Injuries
– Work or sports injuries
– Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
These conditions and disorders often stem from sports injuries, work accidents, motor vehicle accidents, daily activities that put unconscious stress on the body, or even something as simple as a fall, or having slept in the wrong position. Chiropractors work with you to resolve pain, discomfort and restricted range of motion. They are trained to create rehabilitation plans and help you with injury prevention. Sometimes this includes referrals to other therapeutic options.
You’ll often hear people refer to chiropractic as the ‘cracking of bones’ – but what it actually is, is a hands-on adjustment: a gentle, carefully directed movement. Other therapies chiropractors might use include:
– Graston Technique ®
– Active Release Techniques ® (ART)
– Ice and Heat Therapy
– Soft tissue work
– Ultrasound Therapy
Remember that not everyone is a candidate for chiropractic care. There are a number of tests done at the first assessment to be able to identify whether chiropractic would be beneficial and safe.
What It Takes To Be a Chiropractor in Alberta
In Canada, chiropractors must complete a minimum seven years of specific post-secondary education from an accredited chiropractic college. When chiropractors graduate, they have completed a 4,500 hour classroom and clinical program (this usually takes 4 – 5 years). The ACAC (Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors) regulates all Doctors of Chiropractic in Alberta. This is so that standards of care can be maintained, the public is protected, and accountability is ensured among all practices established within the province.
The ACAC also issues yearly licensing once a chiropractor successfully passes his/her national board exams. This license can only be obtained by furthering professional competency by taking certain seminars and courses throughout the year.
What Chiropractors Can Charge for Care
The Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors publishes a fee guide (found here: http://www.albertachiro.com/sitewyze/files/Chiropractic_and_Professional_Services_Fee_Guide.pdf) that acts as a guideline for what brackets are appropriate for different services. Most chiropractors charge between $80 and $120 for the first visit, and following treatments may be anywhere between $40 and $60. These charges will vary from chiropractor to chiropractor. Additional therapies (such as the ones listed above) can vary the cost, so be sure to ask about fees when you first call to make your appointment.
If you have extended health care, your plan might include coverage for chiropractic treatments. It is your responsibility to find out if you’re covered and, if so, for how much. If you suffer an injury in a motor vehicle accident, coverage is also available from your auto insurance provider at no extra charge.