Chiropractic is a health care discipline and profession (Chiropractor) that emphasizes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine, under the hypothesis that these disorders affect general health via the nervous system. Following a thorough review of a patient’s history and diagnosis, a Chiropractor can create a comprehensive treatment plan, recommend therapeutic exercises, and/or other non-invasive, drug-free therapies.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a referral to see a Chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are legislated as “primary contact” health care professionals. This means that you do not have to be referred to a Chiropractor by a family physician or anybody else – you can consult them directly. However, some third party insurance carriers may require a referral from a family physician for insurance claim re-imbursments.
Is chiropractic care covered by OHIP?
Chiropractic services are not covered under OHIP. However, many extended health care plans do cover a portion of Chiropractic services.
Does chiropractic care hurt?
Due to the inflammation within the joints and the muscles, on occasion, there may be some temporary discomfort during or after an adjustment. However, by sticking to the assigned treatment plan, you will feel more relaxed and will eventually be able to move pain free!
What is an Adjustment?
A popular therapeutic procedure performed by Chiropractors is known as “spinal manipulation,” but it is more commonly referred to as an “adjustment.” An adjustment is a low-risk procedure where which the Chiropractor applies a controlled force to a joint that is restricted or is not moving properly. The purpose of the adjustment is to restore mobility to the restricted joint, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient.
What is the "cracking" noise I hear during an adjustment?
When a Chiropractor performs an adjustment, a pressure difference is created within the synovial joint. Gases are released which cause an audible sound to be heard. The bones themselves are not breaking or cracking. It’s exactly the same as when you "crack" your knuckles!
Is Chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractor's use drug-free, non-invasive therapy to restore motion to dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints, while treating the involved muscles and surrounding soft tissues.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
The duration of Chiropractic care varies with respect to your symptom(s), age, prior health history, and the severity of your issue. No two patients are alike, as physical response to treatments differ between individuals. In addition, a chiropractor may recommend acute, preventative, and/or maintenance care, thus making a certain number of visits necessary.
What conditions can be treated with Chiropractic?
Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Disc Bulge / Herniations
- Frozen Shoulder
- Heel /Foot Pain
- Headaches & Dizziness
- Low Back Pain
- Motor Vehicle Accidents (Whiplash injuries)
- Neck Pain
- Osteoarthritis / Arthritis
- Repetitive Sprains & Strains
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Sports Injuries
- Tennis / Golfer's Elbow
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- TMJ Dysfunction
- WSIB Injuries