Will it hurt to have an adjustment?

Usually it feels good to have an adjustment. Even if you are quite sore at the time, our gentle approach is usually painless. Most people are surprised by how much relief they experience and how the adjustment is ‘no big deal’.

What’s that ‘crack’ noise?

When the bones are slightly separated during the adjustment, there is a vacuum created and a bubble forms from gas. This bubble breaks and makes the popping sound. Nothing is being injured or damaged in any way. Often a good adjustment is done and there is no noise at all. As long as the joint is moved, it was good.

How well are Chiropractors educated?

Three years of university education comparable to pre-medical or pre-dental school is required before being accepted to Chiropractic College. Then there is a full time curriculum of four more years including a Chiropractic internship in the last year.

Will insurance cover my Chiropractic care?

Most extended benefits now cover Chiropractic at least partly. All companies and unions update their coverage needs regularly so be aware of what yours offers and if it’s not that good, speak up and demand better. For motor vehicle accidents you will be covered by your car insurance for Chiropractic care. For job related injuries you will be covered by the WSIB-Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. You are still covered for treatment even when you return to work, as long as you are still being treated for your work-related injury.

What type of conditions do you treat?

Back pain, neck pain, headaches, leg and arm pain with possible numbness or tingling, muscle pain and weakness, sports injuries, hip, knee and foot problems, shoulder, elbow and wrist problems. Just about any musculoskeletal problem could be assessed by a Chiropractor. We also have some success relieving some digestive problems as well as some sinus conditions.

What is a subluxation?

Subluxation is a term used to describe a problem with a spinal joint. The World Health Organization defines a “subluxation” as a functional problem related to a joint and the structures associated with the joint such as the muscles, tendons and nerves. Dysfunction can present itself in various ways such as pain, inflammation and restricted movement of the joint. Some types of dysfunction, such as a sprain, will not appear on an x-ray. Chiropractors are trained to identify dysfunction that does not appear on imaging through the use of manual examination and non-imaging diagnostic tests.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

Get to Know Your Back!

Get to know your back through this interactive picture from the Canadian Chiropractic Association. Check out some of the other resources offered to learn more about Canadian Chiroptractic.

What research has been done on chiropractic care?

Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science.  Spinal manipulative therapy (adjustment) provided by doctors of chiropractic has been researched extensively both in Canada and internationally. Chiropractors offer a safe, non-invasive approach to joint and muscle problems.