WHY CHOOSE A CHIROPRACTOR

Manitoba chiropractors are an essential part of the health care system and are trained to relieve pain, restore mobility, increase function, and prevent reoccurrence so Manitobans can maintain wellness or get back to leading healthy, active lives.

Who we are

Doctors of chiropractic (chiropractors) are spine and musculoskeletal (MSK) system experts specifically trained to diagnose the underlying cause, treat and recommend options to relieve pain, restore mobility and prevent reoccurrence so people can lead healthy active lives.

The MSK system is comprised of:

  • Bones
  • Muscles
  • Cartilage
  • Tendons
  • Joints
  • Connective tissues
  • Nervous system

In Canada, chiropractors must:

  • Complete at least seven years of post-secondary education, including a four-year academic program at an accredited chiropractic college;
  • Treat patients in a supervised clinic setting during their final two years of education.

Additionally, to be a chiropractor in Manitoba, they must:

  • Pass a national Clinical Competency Examination;
  • Maintain professional competency through approved seminars and courses;
  • Comply with legislation and be regulated.

Why see one

Manitoba Chiropractors are highly educated health care professionals who are able to diagnose the cause of your pain, recommend treatment options to relieve it and help you prevent it from coming back.

As a drug-free alternative to treating back pain, chiropractors keep Manitobans off of addictive opioids which helps reduce pharmacare costs and lessen the load on expensive and busy ERs.

Chiropractors commonly treat:

  • Conditions of the spine and extremities (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nervous system);
  • Back pain (thoracic, lumbar and sacral);
  • Neck pain (cervical spine and related structures);
  • Headaches and migraines;
  • Chronic and acute pain syndromes, including myofascial pain syndromes;
  • Whiplash and auto accident injuries;
  • Strains and sprains;
  • Repetitive strain injuries/joint conditions, including shoulder, hip and knee
  • Arthritis;
  • Work or sports injuries;
  • Anterior chest wall;
  • Gait assessment and analysis;
  • General health and well being
  • Nutrition, therapeutic exercise, lifestyle and ergonomic counselling and recommendations.

What to expect

Chiropractors understand how the body is supposed to move and know how to realign it when mobility is reduced.

On your first visit, the chiropractor will ask you a series of questions to better understand your current health and specific needs. They will also perform some tests that include an analysis of your movement, test of your reflexes, strength and sensations plus an analysis of your posture.

A course of action will be discussed and explained before treatment will occur, and an informed consent process will be carried out.

The main form of treatment chiropractors deliver is called an adjustment – a non-invasive procedure consisting of a precise directed movement to help relieve pain and discomfort, and restore range of motion.

Some chiropractors may also use other therapies such as:

  • X-ray
  • Laser
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Heat
  • Ultrasound
  • Shock-wave therapy
  • Traction

Benefits

Chiropractors offer essential, drug-free care to reduce back, joint and muscle pain. Putting your socks on, doing up your seatbelt or playing with your children shouldn’t cause you pain. Chiropractors can help restore mobility and give you back your ability to do the simple things in life.

Chiropractors can help with:

Acute and chronic care 

  • Relieve pain;
  • Reduce muscle spasm and inflammation;
  • Increase flexibility;
  • Restore function and range of motion;
  • Provide a treatment plan appropriate to a specific individual;
  • Return patients to normal activities as quickly as possible.

Rehabilitation

  • Increase strength;
  • Increase and maintain flexibility;
  • Stabilize.

Prevention

  • Correct and modify postural habits;
  • Make ergonomic modification;
  • Minimize recurrences;
  • Suggest lifestyle and nutritional considerations.

Coverage

A variety of coverage options are available to you depending on your circumstances. These could include coverage through Manitoba Health, work plan benefits and insurance, private insurance, MPI, WCB or Veterans Affairs.

Your chiropractor will ensure you understand the costs involved in your care, which will vary depending on the treatment, examinations and procedures required.

Manitoba Health Coverage

The provincial government provides partial coverage for the cost of chiropractic adjustment (adjustment of the spinal column, pelvis and extremities) in the amount of $10.00 per adjustment, to a maximum of 7 funded visits per calendar year per patient. This coverage does not include other services such as the examination, re-examination, x-rays, consultation, general information on exercises or nutrition, or other therapies used to support the chiropractic adjustment.

Private and Group Insurance

Many individual and workplace group benefits programs have Extended Health Care plans that provide chiropractic coverage based on a percentage of costs. Ask your insurance provider or workplace about your policy benefits regarding chiropractic care. Some insurance companies will allow the chiropractor to bill direct for most chiropractic services.

Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI)

In Manitoba, chiropractic care is fully covered for individuals injured in a motor vehicle collision. Where possible, persons injured in a motor vehicle accident should consult a chiropractor within 24 hours of the collision. Early diagnosis and treatment of the neck, back, headaches, extremities, or jaw symptoms can lead to quicker recovery. You can report a claim by phoning the MPI Bodily Injury Claim Centre at (204) 985-7000 to receive a Bodily Injury Claim Number. Inform the MPI service representative that you are seeing a chiropractor for care.

Workers Compensation Board (WCB)

The Workers Compensation Act gives the workers of Manitoba the right to choose chiropractic care for injuries that occur while on the job. There is full coverage for the chiropractic examination, x-rays, treatment, authorized supportive devices and required reporting by the healthcare provider. Report claims to the WCB CompLink Claims Centre at (204) 954-4100 or 1-800-362-3340. Inform the representative that you are seeking chiropractic care.

Employment and Income Assistance (EIA)

Recipients of Manitoba social assistance have access to extended coverage once Manitoba Health coverage has been exhausted. Pre-authorization is required for all chiropractic services, prescription supports, and appliances.

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

Veterans do not require a referral to obtain chiropractic care. The chiropractor’s office will assist in verifying the level of coverage available.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)

RCMP employees are fully covered for chiropractic care, without preauthorization, within their yearly allowance for acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and physiotherapy. A Provider Claim Form should be completed. More information can be found at medavie.bluecross.ca or by calling 1-888-261-4033.

Canadian Forces

Members of the Canadian Forces can access chiropractic care when prescribed by their attending physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. Service personnel are usually responsible for obtaining pre-authorization for chiropractic services, and typically will be required to pay for services directly, and submit forms to their Medical Officers for reimbursement.

First Nations Non-Insured Health Benefits (FNIHB)

First Nations Non-Insured Health Benefits (FNIHB) clients may be able to obtain chiropractic services through the provincial plan. For current information, contact Health Canada First Nations and Inuit Health Branch at 1-800-665-8507 or (204) 983-8886.