Chiropractic

What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a drug free, non surgical, manual approach to health care.

What conditions does chiropractic treat?

Chiropractors are particularly interested in disorders of the muscular and skeletal systems and their affect on the nervous system.

When should I see a chiropractor?

While many patients receive chiropractic care on a “maintenance” basis to keep their bodies functioning optimally, others prefer to see us for pain relief and functional rehabilitation. If you have acute, reoccurring, or chronic pain, if you are interested in proactive care, or if you are injured on the job or in a motor vehicle accident, chiropractic can help you.

What about safety?

The research is in! Chiropractic care is an extremely safe and effective form of care for back pain, neck pain and headache.

Do I need a referral from an MD to visit a chiropractor?

No, you do not need a referral from an MD to see a chiropractor. We are primary contact health care practitioners and are fully trained to assess, diagnose and treat disorders of the entire neuromusculoskeletal system. (nerves, muscles, bones and joints)

What should I expect on my first visit?

Your first visit will include a comprehensive discussion with the doctor about your health history and primary complaint. The doctor will then perform a physical examination and diagnose your problem. If xrays are neeeded, we will refer you to a local xray facility (usually 222 King St. E.).  We will discuss a plan of management and treat your complaint if appropriate.

What kind of training does a chiropractor have?

In Canada, chiropractors must complete 3 years of university before applying to an accredited Chiropractic College. If accepted, they complete a 4 year program and then sit rigorous national licencing exams before being granted the right to practice.

How will you treat my condition?

The doctors typically perform some form of manual therapy during each visit.  This may be in the form of an adjustment to the joints with the doctors hands, an adjusting instrument (activator) or with the aid of special “drop” tables. As well, muscle dysfunction is addressed through various hands on approaches or the aid of modalities such as interferential current, ultrasound, laser therapy or acupuncture. They may also suggest corrective orthotics.  Usually, advice is also given about lifestyle issues, stretching, strengthening, proper application of heat/ice and, perhaps, supplements and vitamins/minerals.

Do extended health care plans cover any costs for chiropractic care?

Many extended health care plans have generous coverage for chiropractic care and acupuncture. We will supply you with the proper receipts for you to send in for reimbursement. For your convenience, at the present time, we are able to bill online for eligible patients with Greenshield coverage. As well, if it is a workplace injury or motor vehicle accident, we can bill directly.

 

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