Chiropractic care focuses on restoring and maintaining the health of your joints, muscles and nerves through the use of an adjustment. A spinal adjustment can restore normal movement, relieve pain and stimulate higher function of your brain and nervous system resulting in a renewed sense of vitality.
Will the chiropractor give me a spinal adjustment on the first visit?
Whether the patient receives an adjustment on the first visit is left to the discretion of the examining chiropractor. It depends on the examination findings and the patient's previous experience with chiropractic. There is always some form of treatment given if you are in severe pain.
Is chiropractic care covered by OHIP?
Chiropractic services are not covered under OHIP. However many extended health plans do cover a portion of chiropractic services.
What is the "cracking" noise I hear during an adjustment?
When a chiropractor adjusts or physically moves a bone, a pressure difference is created within the synovial joint. Gases released cause an audible sound to be heard. The bones themselves are not breaking or cracking!
Will I need X-rays?
Most chiropractors do require X-rays to be taken so that the actual bones can be visualized. X-rays can help confirm a chiropractor's diagnosis and can also rule out possible fractures.
Do chiropractors do massage therapy?
No. Chiropractors may do some soft tissue work on tight muscles but their main focus is on spinal adjustments. Chiropractors do work closely with some registered massage therapists. (RMTs).
Does chiropractic care hurt?
Yes and no. There may be some discomfort because of an injury to the muscle, Inflamed and strained muscles may feel sore after or during a treatment. The overall effect though, is to help you feel more relaxed and pain free!
Do I need a prescription or a referral from my medical doctor in order to see a chiropractor?
No! And since chiropractic is a drugless practice, we do not prescribe either. We do, however, carry health products such as vitamins and mineral supplements. Every Ontario resident is entitled to chiropractic care without a medical prescription.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
The length of time you are under chiropractic care varies among individuals. After the chiropractor completes your physical assessment and reads your X-rays, your diagnosis and Treatment Plan will be recommended to you in your Report of Findings.
Will the chiropractor recommend exercises for me?
Along with your Treatment Plan, your chiropractor will recommend alternatives to care, exercises and changes to your present lifestyle during your Report of Findings.
How long do the adjustments take?
The first visit lasts approximately 45 minutes. This allows time for the history taking and chiropractic examination. Each subsequent visit lasts approximately 10 - 15 minutes.
Do neck adjustments cause stroke?
There are reported cases of stroke associated with visits to medical doctors and chiropractors. Research and scientific evidence does not establish a cause and effect relationship between chiropractic treatment and the occurrence of stroke rather, recent studies indicate that patients may be consulting medical doctors and chiropractors when they are in the early stages of a stroke. In essence, there is a stroke already in progress. However, you are being informed of this reported association because stroke may cause serious neurological impairment or even death. The possibility of such injuries occurring in association with upper cervical adjustment is extremely remote.
What is the Activator Technique?
Activator Methods is a specific chiropractic adjusting technique involving a low-force adjusting instrument. It works on the principle of balancing leg-lengths. By restoring motion to the key subluxated (restricted) joints in the body, Activator adjustment decrease neurological stress, increase joint range-of-motion and decrease pain. Drs. Chan & Lyons are one of eight Activator practitioners in Toronto with the Advanced Proficiency designation.
How may my body respond after an adjustment?
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What should I do to optimize my response to getting adjusted?
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