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An adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement applied by hand or an adjusting instrument to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. Adjustments correct the joint to restore proper movement and improve function. When a joint is adjusted, a pop or crack sound is sometimes heard, this is caused by an air bubble that escapes the joint, similar to when you crack your knuckles. Depending on the nature of your problem, your chiropractor may also utilize joint mobilization, muscle release techniques, muscle stimulation, acupuncture and therapeutic exercises to relieve your pain and get you moving again.
Following a minimum of three years of university education, chiropractors acquire their skills through a rigorous four-year, full-time accredited academic program including a full year internship. Chiropractors must then pass 3 comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations as well as a provincial examination in order to become licensed to practice. Chiropractors are regulated health professionals.
Chiropractic care is covered extensively by third party payers. These include many private health care insurers such as those used for employee benefit plans, as well as WSIB and auto insurance.
No. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health care professionals which means that patients can consult them directly.
While x-rays can play an important role in diagnosis, x-rays will only be taken if the doctor determines a need after taking a thorough history and physical examination. X-rays are not needed in most cases.
Chiropractic is the most researched alternative medicine discipline. Our doctors are continuously updating themselves on the latest research and use this information to treat you in the best and most effective way.
The fast answer is no, however many patients choose to continue care after their initial problem has been healed. Because every patient is different, every patient will require a different amount of care. To help explain this, below are the three levels of care in chiropractic: Initial therapeutic treatment, Supportive Care and Maintenance Care.
Initial therapeutic treatment is the stage of treatment that deals with a specific injury or problem. This treatment is focused and personalized based on your injury or problem. During this stage of care the doctor will give you a treatment plan that often calls for 1 or more visits a week for a few weeks, that will gradually decrease as you get better. The doctor will assess your stage of improvement at every visit and alter your plan if needed. Most patients see substantial improvement during the first six weeks of this phase of care. Care lasts until the doctor feels that the maximum therapeutic benefit has been reached. At this point it is up to the patient to decide if they want to continue with one of the following forms of care.
Supportive Care is less frequent care, that provides a “tune-up”. This care is provided every few weeks to every few months, in order to help decrease re-occurrences of a patients condition. Not every patient will require supportive care, however many patient’s find that their condition returns when they are not under care, and they choose to remain under treatment to help decrease the frequency of their re-occurrences.
Maintenance Care, also known as Wellness Care, is care that patients who to not have an injury or spinal health problem undergo to help prevent disease from occurring. This form of care occurs once a month or once every few months and involves a full body checkup to ensure optimal spinal and joint health.
Our clinic does not believe in or offer contracts or pay in advance treatment plans. While many clinics do offer this service, we believe that every patient is different, and because of this treatment plans change as your condition improves. This contracts and pre-paid plans do not fit into our clinic’s treatment style.