Safety and Consent
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record.
Most patients experience immediate relief after treatment. However, some people may experience temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling. Some patients may also experience temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. However, these effects are usually rare and short-lived.
A chiropractor will use the information from your history and exam to recommend the most appropriate treatment option for your needs.
Prior to starting treatment, all health professionals are required by law to obtain informed consent to treatment from their patients. You have a right to receive adequate and accurate information to help you evaluate your health care choices and balance the relative risks of treatment options with the benefits. It is important to discuss any questions or concerns that you have prior to any treatment. If you do not feel comfortable with any recommended course of treatment you should always ask for alternate options.
Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute. Each province has a regulatory college, established by legislation in the same manner and with the same structure and similar regulations as the regulatory bodies for other health care professions.
Regulatory colleges are responsible for protecting the public interest, setting standards of practice, assuring quality of care is maintained, evaluating and promoting competency and handling disciplinary issues. Ontario’s chiropractors are regulated and licensed by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.