Doctors of chiropractic are highly trained practitioners of the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system (bones and joints). Chiropractors are specifically educated during their years in chiropractic school to diagnose the underlying cause of an issue and then come up with a customized treatment plan, based on your presenting diagnosis.
Chiropractors have extensive training in diagnostic imaging (including, but not limited to X-Rays), nutrition, anatomy, exercise therapy, and generally “how the body works” (physiology, biochemistry, pathology). Chiropractors in Canada complete a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and are regulated professionals.
Dr. Mariam Ashraf completed her degree at the University of Alberta in Sciences before continuing on to the four year, full-time Doctor of Chiropractic program in Toronto. She graduated in 2006 and thus has many years of experience.
Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat:
- Lower back pain and/or leg pain
- Neck pain and/or headaches
- Upper back pain (often related to desk work)
- Repetitive strains (eg. tennis elbow)
- Sports injuries
- Car accident injuries (MVAs)
- Plantar fasciitis and other foot issues (more information on custom orthotics here)
- Jaw pain
- BPPV (a common type of vertigo)
- Pregnancy pain in the third trimester