Chiropractor Guelph


Doctors of chiropractic, called ‘Chiropractors’ are highly skilled, primary healthcare practitioners who focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions. Traditional chiropractic care has focused mainly on the use of spinal manipulative therapy to decrease pain and restore normal function to the spine and supporting joints of the body. You may know this as an “adjustment”.

At Defy, our chiropractic care includes adjustments but also incorporates much more. By focusing on client goals, function, and movement, our chiropractor will complete a thorough historical and physical assessment. Based on the best available evidence, combined with their clinical expertise, they will then work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your individual goals, activities, and lifestyle.

Chiropractic care is not just for those who are in pain or are injured. You can benefit from chiropractic care to prevent injuries and the recurrence of pain, and improve function, mobility, and performance.

Chiropractors are part of the Defy team who will strive to get you to your best. If you have any questions about Chiropractic care, we offer a free virtual consultation where you can get your questions answered!

Our goal at Defy is to blur the lines between these two professions. Many of the treatments provided by Physiotherapists and Chiropractors are similar, if not the same. Our differences lie in our initial training and scopes of practice, however, are largely determined by how the individual has specialized after finishing their degree.

Our team works together to determine the best practitioner for you. If you are unsure whether to start with a Physiotherapist or a Chiropractor give us a call and we’ll talk you through your case.

  • Chiropractors are skilled at adjustments. However, this is not necessary to achieve your goals if you would prefer not to be adjusted. There are many other treatments that can help.
  • Chiropractors don’t just treat backs! Chiropractors are highly skilled at treating problems in muscles and joints at all areas of the body.

We pair manual therapy treatment with progressive loading (getting back into strengthening through your full range of motion) so you start moving with less pain, more ease and more power than before!



chiropractic FAQs

Chiropractors are healthcare practitioners who focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions associated with the joints, muscles and nerves in your body. Even though chiropractors are best known for working with the spine they assess and treat all areas of the body. Chiropractors are manual therapists and will provide hands-on assessment and care to patients. They can help you decrease your pain and increase your function.

Its important to take care of your body to stay healthy. If you are in pain or are not moving and functioning properly this affects your activities of daily living, your job, your sleep and your activity level. Working with a chiropractor can help improve how your body is moving, pain, your awareness of your body and your posture. Chiropractors can also give you recommendations to improve your lifestyle, nutrition, ergonomics, and sleep position to get you to a healthier life.

Chiropractic care can be beneficial for almost anyone. Adolescent athletes to pregnant clients, desk workers to manual labourers, students to retirees, moms and dads and weekend warriors or competitive athletes. Chiropractors can help their clients alleviate long standing or sporadic pain, reduce their risk of injury and improve mobility, strength, and posture.

Chiropractic adjustments have been strongly supported in research to be beneficial for low back and neck pain, headaches, and other spinal conditions.

Research continues to be published on the benefits of chiropractic care. But research has already shown that when a chiropractic adjustment is performed, it stimulates the peripheral nervous system which in turn stimulates the central nervous system. Our nervous system is connected to our entire body and is also responsible for our perception of pain. Chiropractic adjustments can affect our central nervous system which can result in decreased pain. Additionally, a relationship was found between immediate post-adjustment stiffness decrease and clinical outcome which was not present with just mobilization techniques.

Evidence-based practice guidelines from international and multidisciplinary expert panels support the chiropractic management for acute and chronic non-specific low-back pain, neck pain and cervicogenic headaches.

See: Fritz JM, Koppenhaver SL, Kawchuk GN, Teyhen DS, Hebert JJ, Childs JD. Preliminary investigation of the mechanisms underlying the effects of manipulation: exploration of a multivariate model including spinal stiffness, multifidus recruitment, and clinical findings. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2011 Oct 1;36(21):1772-81. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318216337d. PMID: 21358568; PMCID: PMC3150636.

Spinal manipulative therapy or better known as an “adjustment” is a specific and controlled force applied to joints in the spine to restore proper function, increase mobility, and reduce pain. To perform an adjustment, your chiropractor will use their hands to apply a controlled and quick force to your joint and guide it through a range of motion. Frequently, an audible pop can be heard due to the release of gas bubbles within a joint (think of pulling a suction cup off of a wall).

Adjustments can also be used on other joints, such as those in your wrist, or ankle as an effective treatment.

No! Adjustments will only be used if they are indicated for clients. Additionally, if the chiropractor thinks they are indicated and the client would prefer to not be adjusted, there are other ways to get motion and mobility that can be substituted into care.

Yes! There are so many types of treatment chiropractors can still do with osteoporotic clients. This factor may influence choice of manual therapy technique used but care is not contraindicated.

Pregnancy causes many changes to the body and with those changes can bring on different conditions such as low and upper back pain, postural changes, pelvic and foot pain, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. About 50 to 80 per cent of all pregnant people experience low back pain. Chiropractic care is very beneficial for pregnant clients with postural syndrome, low back and pelvic girdle pain. Chiropractors can help keep pregnant clients healthy, active, mobile and comfortable.

Chiropractic care is not contraindicated at any stage of pregnancy, though care will change depending on which trimester the client is in and how their pregnancy is progressing.

Children and teens can put a lot of stress on their growing bodies through sports, prolonged positions, electronic device use, and activities. Children and adolescents can definitely benefit from chiropractic care. Depending on the age of the child, both active and passive care might look different as it is individual to each patient.

Chiropractors are spine, muscle, joint, and nervous system experts. They use the best available evidence and their clinical knowledge to diagnose conditions that affect your body’s movement.

Chiropractors work with all areas of the body, and they can treat:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Certain types of headaches
  • Postural problems
  • Biomechanical dysfunctions and imbalances
  • Strains and sprains
  • Joint dysfunction of the upper and lower limbs
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD) and degenerative joint disease/osteoarthritis
  • Nerve entrapments of the upper and lower limb (Carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve entrapment, radial nerve entrapment, tarsal tunnel syndrome, Morton’s neuralgia)

We do many things in our daily life including working, running errands, doing chores, exercising and moving our bodies, but all of these put stress and strain on our bodies. As a result, we can experience headaches, back, neck or joint pain. You may also have this type of pain due to an injury, accident, illness or long-term condition.

Taking medications may help your symptoms but may not tackle the underlying issues. Visiting a chiropractor can be another option, as a chiropractor will treat these issues without medication and help prevent them from returning. But you don’t have to have an injury or be in constant pain to visit a chiropractor.  They can help you at many other times to improve stiffness, function, and mobility.