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  • What is a chiropractic adjustment
    An adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. Adjustment to the joint restores proper movement and improves function. When a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape causing a popping noise, similar to when you crack your knuckles. Depending on the nature of the problem, your chiropractor may utilize joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercises to relieve your pain and get you moving again. Commonly, patients experience relief immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience a temporary discomfort or stiffness which is typically minor and short-lived.
  • Do I need a referral 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.
  • How are chiropractors educated?
    Following three years of university education chiropractors acquire their skills through a rigorous four-year, full-time accredited academic program including internship. CHiropractors must pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice in the province of their choice. Chiropractors are regulated health care professionals.
  • When should I see a chiropractor?
    If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life, then you should consult a Chiropractor. For example: work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems.
  • What is a Chiropractic visit like?
    A visit to the chiropractor begins when you walk throught the clinic door and are greeted by the receptionist. Visits are very similar to what you might expect at any health clinic. 1. Information Your information is gathered including your personal contact information plus a health history form and details about your health complaint - What brought you to the Chiropractor today? 2. Case History Once in the exam room, your chiropractic doctor will introduce themselves, review your paperwork, and ask further questions about your condition and history. 3. Examination An exam is conducted which includes some physical tests such as leaning your body to one side and then the other, checking your reflexes and/or moving your arms and legs. An x-ray or other diagnostic imaging may be recommended in some cases. 4. Diagnosis Discussing the exam and health history will provide clues for your Chiropractor as to what is the root cause of the problem. The goal is to treat the problem, not just the symptoms. The chiropractic doctor will provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. If your problem is not caused by the spine, you may be referred to a medical specialist or other health care provider. 5. Informed Consent Informed consent is about ensuring you are clear as to the diagnosis, treatment options, and anticipated outcomes of the treatment. 6. Treatment A treatment plan including the types of treatment and duration is proposed and discussed. Once you understand your treatment plan and feel comfortable moving forward, your Chiropractor will perform the treatment, which may consist of a chiropractic adjustment. Adjustments are generally performed on a chiropractic table, somewhat simialr to a massage table. 7. Prevention How did you end up in this situation? Your doctor will help identify the cause of your condition, and recommend exercises and lifestyle advice to accompany your treatment plan. The goal is to get you well and keep you well.
  • How often will I need an adjustment?
    Chiropractic is a process, not an event. Treatment for each person is determined based on your individual pain and mobility challenges. Some patients feel better after one treatment, but most require a structured treatment plan that gets to the root of the problem to resolve your issue.
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