When should I see a chiropractor?
Here are some of the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Strains and sprains from daily activities
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Work and sports-related injuries
- Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
- General health and well-being
What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?
- Chiropractic care can:
- Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Improved posture
- Provide relief from various ailments such as headaches, neck and back pain
- Help prevent work related muscle and joint injuries
- Enhanced athletic performance
- Improved flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy related aches and pains
- Help correct gait and foot problems
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a procedure in which a trained specialist will use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, often a spinal joint. The goal of an adjustment, is to correct structural alignment, improve function and restore proper movement to the affected area.
Is chiropractic adjustment a safe procedure?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, and neck and back pain. As such, it is a low risk therapy. Complications arising from adjustment are rare..
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. It is not painful. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint resulting in gas bubbles being released
Why should I see a chiropractor?
Many people see a chiropractor for back, neck and joint pain, while others seek relief from the discomfort caused by headaches.
Is chiropractic adjustment safe?
No health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects and even common over-the-counter medicines carry some risk, however chiropractic treatments are recognized as one of the safest, non-invasive therapies available headaches and neck and back pain.
Does chiropractic care require a referral from an MD?
Chiropractors are legislated as primary care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary.
Does chiropractic care require X-rays?
X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient case history and conducting a physical examination. Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics from protection to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.
What is chiropractic?
The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.” Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in health care for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care.
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.
Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.
Do chiropractic treatment require referral from an MD?
In many places, no, a patient does not have to be referred. Chiropractors are considered primary contact health care professionals which means that patients can consult with them directly.
Will my insurance cover my care?
Most private and work place insurance do cover at least a portion of the costs of chiropractic care.