What is chiropractic?
Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints. Adjustments help to 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.
How are Chiropractors educated?
Following a minimum of three years of university education, chiropractors acquire their skills through a rigorous four-year, full -time accredited academic program including internship. Chiropractors must then pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice in the province of their choice. Chiropractors are regulated health professionals.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement applied to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. Adjustment to the joint restores proper movement and improves function. Depending on the nature of the problem, your chiropractor may also utilize joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercises to relieve your pain and get you moving again.
What are some benefits of chiropractic care?
- Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities
- Improve your posture
- Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy-related back pain
- Correct gait and foot problems
Is chiropractic adjustment safe?
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Prior to starting treatment, all regulated health professionals are obligated by their regulatory standards to obtain informed consent documented in a written form before providing treatment to their patients. During this time your chiropractor will discuss the benefits, risks, and alternative options for managing your condition before treatment is started.
Do I need a referral from my MD to see a Chiropractor?
No. A patient does not need a referral. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact healthcare professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly.
Is chiropractic care covered by health insurance?
Chiropractic care is covered extensively by third party payers. These include employee benefit plans, the federal public service, worker’s compensation boards, the automobile insurance industry, extended healthcare benefits, the RCMP, Canadian Forces and Veteran’s Affairs Canada. Check your health plan to determine the coverage available to you for chiropractic care.
What should I expect on my first visit?
An initial assessment is approximately 45-60 minutes. It includes a comprehensive history and physical examination. The results of the assessments are combined, a diagnosis is determined and explained thoroughly to each patient. Depending on the diagnosis a variety of treatment methods will be utilized to treat the condition, and get you back to the activities you love doing.
Should I bring my imaging reports to my appointment?
Yes, please bring a copy of any X-rays or radiology reports you have. These assessments give your chiropractor a better picture of your complete health.
What are follow up visits like?
Follow-up visits will be anywhere from 15-30 mins in duration and vary depending on the individual needs of each patient.
What should I wear to my appointment?
It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor for both the initial and subsequent visits.
Do you bill directly to insurance?
We bill directly to most major insurance companies. Please bring your benefit card to your initial assessment and we will collect the information necessary to bill online.