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What is a subluxation?

Subluxation is a term used to describe a problem with a spinal joint. The World Health Organization defines a “subluxation” as a functional problem related to a joint and the structures associated with the joint such as the muscles, tendons and nerves. Dysfunction can present itself in various ways such as pain, inflammation and restricted movement of the joint. Some types of dysfunction, such as a sprain, will not appear on an x-ray. Chiropractors are trained to identify dysfunction that does not appear on imaging through the use of manual examination and non-imaging diagnostic tests.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. Adjustment to the joint restores proper movement and improves function. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape causing a popping noise, similar to when you crack your knuckles.  Depending on the nature of the problem, your chiropractor may also utilize joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercises to relieve your pain and get you moving again.

What are the actual risks of chiropractic care?


< 1 Serious Injury per 1,000,000


Disease and Accidental Causes of Deaths Annual Deaths Death Risk During One's Lifetime

Heart disease 652,486 1 in 5
Cancer 553,888 1 in 7
Stroke 150,074 1 in 24
Hospital Infections 99,000 1 in 38
Flu 59,664 1 in 63
Car accidents 44,757 1 in 84
Suicide 31,484 1 in 119
Accidental poisoning 19,456 1 in 193
MRSA (resistant bacteria) 19,000 1 in 197
Falls 17,229 1 in 218
Drowning 3,306 1 in 1,134
Bike accident 762 1 in 4,919
Air/space accident 742 1 in 5,051
Excessive cold 620 1 in 6,045
Sun/heat exposure 273 1 in 13,729
Lightning 47 1 in 79,746
Train crash 24 1 in 156,169
Fireworks 11 1 in 340,733
Shark attack 1 1 in 3,748,067


How are chiropractors educated?

Following three years of university education, chiropractors acquire their skills through a rigorous four-year, full -time accredited academic program including internship for a total of 3000 hours.  Chiropractors must then pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice in the province of their choice.  Chiropractors are regulated health professionals. 

Physiotherapists, Naturopaths, Veterinarians are not chiropractors and are not allowed to advertise chiropractic as a service.  They didn't graduate from a chiropractic college.  Chiropractic is not a therapy it is the name of a profession.  They are licenced only in gross manipulations.  Please inform them of these false and confusing statements. 

What research has been done on chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science.  Spinal manipulative therapy (adjustment) provided by doctors of chiropractic has been researched extensively both in Canada and internationally. Chiropractors offer a safe, non-invasive approach to joint and muscle problems.  A recent search for the word "chiropractic" on the popular medical website www.pubmed.org returned > 7,400 total articles mentioning chiropractic.

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

No.  A patient does not need a referral.  Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact healthcare professionals in every province in Canada.  This means that patients can consult them directly.

Is chiropractic care covered by health insurance?

Chiropractic care is covered extensively by third party payers. These include employee benefit plans, the federal public service, worker’s compensation boards, the automobile insurance industry, extended healthcare benefits, the RCMP, Canadian Forces and Veteran’s Affairs Canada.  Check your health plan to determine the coverage available to you for chiropractic care.  We will provide you with all that you will need to bill your extended medical plan.

How much does chiropractic cost?

It has been found in many studies to be one of most cost effective treatment for neck and low back.  Recent research has found chiropractic adjustments/spinal manipulation to be the only effective treatment for low back pain.  Please phone office for price list.

Did you know?

  • ​​Health Care is NOT FREE

  • According to Fraser Institute the average cost per BC family (takes & other costs) is >14,000 dollars per year

  • Preventable medical errors killed more than 30,000 Canadians in 2014 (University Health Network), "It's really, in approximate terms, equivalent to two 747s crashing every week." Globe & Mail 27-6-2016
  • Infection and complication rates from medical procedures is >15%


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 I am very pleased with the results I am experiencing following my visits to see Dr. Barry Whyte. After suffering from a broken fibula 7 years ago, I am finally feeling some relief from the foot pain that never ever seemed to go away. Finally a window of opportunity has opened and I can begin to get my life and the lifestyle back on track. The biggest THANK YOU to Barry and his staff.

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