How do you get subluxations?
There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
How do I know if I have a subluxation?
You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.
Will I have to have X-rays taken?
X-rays can be helpful, but are not required in every patient's case. Pictures of your spine, especially after trauma, can confirm other findings and make your care more precise. We will determine if X-rays are necessary once we review your health history and examine your spine. Our office only takes those X-rays which are absolutely necessary.
Can subluxations clear up on their own?
Sometimes. Today's hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as well as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations don't resolve, you need to see a doctor of chiropractic.
What's an adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that aren't moving properly. Some methods use the doctor's hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity.
Does the adjustment hurt?
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are "remarkably safe." By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. Each patient's care is custom-tailored for their age, condition and health goals.
What if chiropractic doesn't work?
If we're unable to find and correct the cause of your particular health problem, we will refer you to other practitioners who may be able to help.
How long until I feel better?
How long will I need chiropractic care?
After symptomatic patients get the relief they seek, many choose to continue with some type of periodic care. These patients show up for their visits feeling great. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. Our job is to offer the very best care and your job is to decide how much of it you want.
Can I have chiropractic care after back surgery?
Yes. Rest assured that we will avoid the surgically modified areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved level. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
Can patients with osteoporosis get chiropractic care?
Of course. When developing a care plan, we consider the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and condition.
Do I Need a Referral to Visit a Chiropractor?
Absolutely not. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers, meaning you do not need a referral. If yours is not a Chiropractic case, a responsible Chiropractor will refer you to the appropriate health care provider.
Will My Insurance Cover Chiropractic Care?
Insurance coverage varies for chiropractic care. Over 80% of Ontario insurance plans will reimburse you for a portion of your fees. However, most have a limit on what they will pay, and do not pay for full corrective care programs.
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What do I do before, during and after my treatment?
What to do inbetween treatments?
Soreness may occur after an adjustment, particularly if the vertebra was significantly subluxated (out of place) prior to being adjusted. If you do have any discomfort, we suggest that you ice the area, no longer than 20 minutes, once every two hours for twenty minutes. (In fact this is the general recommendation for applying ice for any inflammation). Do not use heat! If you continue to experience discomfort the next day, contact our office to schedule a follow-up adjustment with the doctor, as a fine-tuning adjustment may be necessary.
What if I feel sore, stiff or tense?
Can I stretch or exercise?
Rest, Relaxation, Sleep & Posture
These “Do’s and Don’ts” serve as a guideline. Certain rules apply more to some people than others. Most importantly, these options are only useful if they are implemented in conjunction with chiropractic care. Your spine can not adequately adapt to your environment if it is subluxated.
If you have questions about any of the items above, or another aspect of your health care, we encourage you to ask your doctor of chiropractic.