Doctors of chiropractic are trained professionals with modern expertise of the musculoskeletal system.
Chiropractors are not medical doctors and as such do not prescribe pharmaceutical drugs nor use invasive techniques to treat their patients. On the contrary, being manual therapists, a doctor of chiropractic uses his/her hands to palpate, compare, stretch and treat hypertonic muscles, restricted joints and taut nerves. Postural alignment and asymmetry is also strongly considered as a causative factor of many musculoskeletal complaints.
Doctors of chiropractic, like all physicians, have the obligation to:
- act honestly,
- respect patients confidentiality,
- favor easy communication when informing the patient of their condition, management plan and prognosis,
- adhere to personal and professional ethics.
Referral to other health colleagues is often endorsed when the doctor of chiropractic recognizes that a particular condition may not be suitable for manual care. After obtaining the necessary qualification, special investigative equipment such as X-ray or Ultrasound may be used to narrow down the list of differentials and quickly reach a working diagnosis.
Not enough research has yet been developed to confirm that chiropractors can treat conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, otitis media (ear infections) or other systemic disorders.