August 2001

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Dr. Kapil Deswal is in private practice in Etobicoke, Ontario.  He has successfully treated low back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, and work and sports related injuries.  He believes in a holistic approach to patient care, and is committed to his patients in healing and recovery.
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What is Chiropractic?


Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nervous system without the use of drugs and surgery. “Chiro”(hands)-“practic”(practice) is the use of hands to manipulate the spine and the soft tissues to restore proper function and balance between the neuromusculoskelatal system (“neuro”- nerves, “musculo” – muscles, “skeletal” – bones). 


Can Chiropractic help me?


Chiropractic has shown very good success rates for many different types of conditions from back pain, foot pain, neck pain and even headaches.  It is important for you to realize that not all conditions have the same cause.  Back pain may be due to many different reasons ranging from strain/sprain, arthritis, to kidney problems like stones that are out of the scope of chiropractic.  It is important for a Chiropractor to examine you to find out if Chiropractic is for you and if not, then refer you to the appropriate specialist.


Is Chiropractic safe?


Chiropractic is one of the safest among the healing arts professions.  There have been thousands of reports and research done proving Chiropractic safety and effectiveness.  Due to the conservative approach to Chiropractic medicine, Chiropractic adjustments are safer than surgery, medications, and even aspirin.


Can Chiropractic prevent back surgery?


In many cases, YES.  The spinal cord is a very intricate part of your body that is very complex in its functions and its position.  A lot of orthopaedic surgeons are very hesitant performing surgeries as the risks outweigh the benefits of “poking” around in an area and performing a procedure in a highly neurologically complex region that may end up doing more harm than good.  There are many surgeons opting for conservative care such as Chiropractic and leaving surgery as a last resort.


Chiropractic education? 


Lot of people are not sure as to what type of education is required to be a Chiropractor.  Chiropractic is a regulated health care profession in Canada and Chiropractors have the same level of education as your medical doctor or your dentist. Chiropractors go through an intensive science program involving extensive training in anatomy, physiology, diagnostic imaging, and general diagnosis.  Where the education differs is in the area of specialties.  In the 3rd and 4th years of a traditional medical program, students go into rotations for pharmacology and surgery and other rotations.  Chiropractors in that time frame go into specialized rotations in Diagnostics (Imaging and Diagnosis) and techniques specializing in neuromusculoskeletal care.  


Do I have to go to a Chiropractor forever?


Some people go to their Chiropractor or their Medical doctor when they are sick or when they are in pain.  What lot of people don’t realize is that pain and feeling sick are just the symptoms of an underlying process and not the problem itself.  Unfortunately, a lot of people have a mindset that they will do whatever it takes to get rid of the pain and once its gone, they forget about it.  Having the cause addressed and treated is still a little strange to some but the mindsets are changing.  People are starting to realize that, if they have to go to their dentist every six months for a cleaning or to maintain their teeth so their teeth wont bother them as they get older, shouldn’t they have their spine and their joints maintained as well.  Same concept.






Canadians are constantly bombarded from the time they are born with false images of what it means to be healthy.  To many, the state of optimum health is merely an absence of the signs of symptoms that constitutes a disease.  Advertising giants and pharmaceutical companies have strived and to a great degree succeeded in convincing the large array of the population that “popping a pill” or “drinking some formula” will “cure” the disease.  That is why most of us don’t think twice about taking medication, or popping a pill, or even consider the side effects of any medications.

Do pills work?  Absolutely.  Medicine has come a long way in managing situations that require attention after we have misused and abused our bodies.  Many times environmental and genetic factors place a large role in our state of physical and mental health, but the key to anything in life is balance.  We all require a “ balance of care” to be optimally healthy in life.  If you think you may know what to do during those times when you get “sick”, don’t you think you should consider having a plan to make sure that you don’t!!  

Pain pills and “formulas” may mask the symptoms of a problem; in no way do they cure anything.  Pain is a body’s response to indicate a lack of balance and highlight a problem.  If you numb the pain receptors in the body, then does the underlying problem go away? To illustrate this point, lets ask ourselves a question: Are headaches caused by an Aspirin deficiency?  Of course not!  But this is what the pharmaceutical companies would like us to believe.  Not only are headaches not caused by a lack of aspirin, but also continuous aspirin use can have serious side effects, including ulceration and bleeding of the lining of the stomach not to mention increased rebound headaches.  One needs to understand that headaches are a symptom of a disease process and not the disease itself.  We, as Canadians, are hiding our poor health with drugs.

I am a Chiropractor who is very passionate about what I do.  I am not going to tell anyone not to do something that doesn’t feel right to them.  My message through my articles and my practice will always be to help people attain a balance in life.  If you can take a minute in your everyday life to think about the type of gas you put in your car, don’t you think that you can take the time to ask your doctor and yourself about what exactly is this pill for? Do I really need it?  Side effects? Am I really sick?

My focus through my science, art and the philosophy of my profession is to try to make you think.  Chiropractic is not about your back. Chiropractic is not about your pain.  Chiropractic is about your life!! 

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instead interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

* Dr. Kapil Deswal earned his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College. He is certified by the Canadian Board of Chiropractic Examiners, College of Chiropractors of Ontario, and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (United States). 

He is in private practice in Etobicoke, Ontario.  He has successfully treated low back pain, neck pain, nerve pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, and work and sports related injuries.  He believes in a holistic approach to patient care, and is committed to his patients in healing and recovery.

For an appointment or to find out more about Dr. Deswal,

Please call: 416-7-HEALTH.