What are chiropractor prices in Canada?

By: Updated: October 1, 2021

Chiropractors specialize in the manipulation of joints and alignment of the spine to improve the functionality of the nervous and musculoskeletal system. By utilizing unique tools or simply their hands, they can target pains in the head, neck, back, hip, and more.

Chiropractor prices in Canada can vary from fifty to hundreds of dollars.

A licensed chiropractor will have at least 5 years of certified education. A chiropractor is considered alternative medicine because they do not hold a medical license. However, they still must have a Doctor of Chiropractic degree program and are regulated by a governing body.


What is Chiropractic Care? 

Chiropractors can help alleviate and improve many common issues.

A chiropractor utilizes non-invasive, hands-on techniques to treat a number of things:

  • Lower back pain
  • Leg pain
    • Sciatica
  • neck pain
  • repetitive strains
  • headaches
  • sports related injuries
  • whiplash / car accidents


How does chiropractor treatment work?

An initial consultation with a chiropractor involves:

  • identifying symptoms
  • identifying areas of pain
  • identifying factors associated with the pain such as time and frequency

In addition, they can look at your past medical information or may use technology to learn more.

The next step is a physical examination. This is the part which is most frequently known. The chiropractor may examine and adjust where they deem fit.


The Root Cause of Physical Issues

Chiropractors believe that the spine is responsible for almost all issues, whether you are aware of it consciously or unconsciously. Misalignment in the spine can lead to interrupted signals between your whole body, and as a result, the chiropractor’s responsibility is to diagnose and alleviate the issues through therapy or adjustments.


Chiropractic Treatments

Chiropractors utilize a variety of techniques:

  • Chiropractic Therapy
    • Soft-tissue massage
    • Heat and cold packs
  • Adjustments
  • Joint bracing/taping
  • Exercises and stretches
    • Prescribed exercise plan
    • Stretching and strengthening areas of pain
  • Combined treatment with other specialists
    • Diet plan
    • Collaboration with medical professionals

As well as technologies:

  • MRI
  • CT Scan
  • X-ray
  • Hydrotherapy
  • ultrasound


After your first chiropractor session

It is common to feel soreness. There are also rare things that can happen such as:

  • Pinched nerves
  • Herniated discs
  • Stroke


How much does a chiropractor cost?

The fee for a chiropractor in Canada can cost up to hundreds of dollars per visit ($80-150).

There will be an initial chiropractor session fee which is typically more costly than subsequent visits. Several sources estimate the average visit ends up being $65.

However, costs can vary by location and provider and of course, the type of service provided (regular adjustment vs MRI). You can check out the Ontario Chiropractic Association fee guide to see if your provider is charging a reasonable cost.

Chiropractic care, including the cost of a full body chiropractic adjustment, is often covered by employee benefits and other third-party services in Canada. One such example if the Health Care Spending Account.


How often should you go to a chiropractor?

You can visit the chiropractor as often as you would like. After certain treatments, a chiropractor may recommend breaks between visits or downtime before exercise. However, it is best to consult with your chiropractor on frequency.


Chiropractor vs. Physiotherapist

While both a chiropractor and a physiotherapist treat musculoskeletal issues, a chiropractor is focused on join manipulation and physiotherapist is focused on mobilization methods. Both practices involve working with posture, exercise, and joints.


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