Position Statements

The OCA often issues or endorses position statements on a variety of topics.

Animal Chiropractic

In Ontario, chiropractors care for pets and large animals, including horses, dogs and cats. In the same way a person seeks a diagnosis and treatment for musculoskeletal issues, meaning issues with the spine, muscles, joints and nervous system, animals can have similar issues and injuries.

Those chiropractors treating animals complete a post-graduate training program, which is open to chiropractors and veterinarians. Animal chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine or surgery but provides an integrative method of care. Often, veterinarians and animal chiropractors work together to best serve the needs of an animal. A referral from a veterinarian is not required to seek the expertise of a chiropractor certified to assess and treat animals with chiropractic care.

Chiropractors provide a safe and effective hands-on approach to many neuromusculoskeletal issues and injuries in animals. Initial consultation and examination include thorough health history review, gait analysis, static and motion palpation of the joints, muscles and extremities, range of motion testing, and neurological evaluation.

Immunization and Vaccination

The Ontario Chiropractic Association supports vaccination and immunization as established public health practices in the prevention of infectious diseases. Vaccination is not within the scope of chiropractic practice. The appropriate sources for patient consultation and education regarding vaccination and immunization are public health authorities and health professionals with a scope of practice that includes vaccination.

Chiropractic Treatments for Newborns and Infants

Pediatric care is within the regulated chiropractic scope of practice that is granted through legislation in Ontario. Children can experience low back and neck pain and dysfunction, as well as various conditions affecting their peripheral joints, which can be successfully treated by chiropractic care.

Infants should be under the care of a pediatrician, family doctor or nurse practitioner; and the OCA supports collaboration and communication with an infant’s health care provider team.

Evidence Informed Practice Statement

Canadian chiropractors adopt evidence-informed practice principles to guide clinical decision making by integrating their clinical expertise, patient’s preferences and values, and the best available scientific evidence.

For more information please visit: The Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative: progress to date.