What does a chiropractor do?
A chiropractor corrects vertebral subluxations. (Click here to find out what a vertebral subluxation is.) When a vertebral subluxation (misalignment) is present, the nerves exiting the spinal column are compressed causing interference to the nervous system. When the nervous system is compromised by vertebral subluxations, a loss of health (pain, numbness, indigestion, weakened immune system) can result.
How does a chiropractor correct vertebral subluxations?
Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations with a “spinal adjustment.” A spinal adjustment is a small thrust directed to the misaligned vertebra which painlessly moves the vertebra back into its proper position. An adjustment may be given with the chiropractor’s hands (a manual adjustment) or with a small mechanical device called an Activator. Manual and Activator adjustments are equally effective in restoring the health of your joints, muscles and nerves, resulting in normal movement, pain relief and a better functioning nervous system, and are safe for patients of all ages.
Can chiropractic help me?
Most people know that chiropractors can help alleviate back pain, neck pain and headaches. Chiropractors often are able to help with many other conditions such as dizzyness and vertigo, digestive problems, infantile colic, asthma, otitis media (ear infection), fibromyalgia, bedwetting, fatigue and migraines. All of these problems may be caused by interference to the nervous system by vertebral subluxations.
Click here for a bigger list of problems that may be helped by chiropractic.
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Will I get an adjustment on my first visit?
Depending upon examination findings and previous chiropractic experience, you may or may not receive a spinal adjustment on your first visit. If you are in severe pain there will be some form of treatment on the first visit to provide pain relief.
Will I need x-rays?
Again, this depends on examination findings and previous chiropractic experience, as well as your previous health history. Chiropractors often do require x-rays to confirm a diagnosis and to rule out other potential complicating factors.
How long does an adjustment take?
Your first visit will take approximately 45 minutes and includes a full health history, physical examination and x-rays if required. Subsequent visits last approximately 10-15 minutes.
Do I require a referral from my family doctor?
No! Even though OHIP no longer covers chiropractic care, chiropractors are primary care providers and a referral is not necessary.
Does an adjustment hurt? I don’t want my back cracked!
An adjustment usually does not hurt. Because of inflamed and strained muscles, joints and tendons, sometimes the adjustment hurts for just a few seconds. Afterwards, you will feel less pain.
There are different types of adjustments – you don’t need to have your spine “cracked” (which is actually just the sound of gases being released within the joint – NOT bones cracking against each other).
How long will it take me to get better?
The length of time to get better is different for everybody. After reviewing your examination and x-ray findings, and depending upon your diagnosis and response to the first 2 or 3 adjustments a Treatment Plan will be recommended for you.
What is a Subluxation?
A subluxation is a misalignment of one or more of the bones of the spine known as vertebrae. This misalignment causes the joints between vertebrae to become fixated or restricted – they don’t move.
The misalignment and joint fixation/restriction causes irritation to the spinal cord and spinal nerves as they exit the spine through small openings between the vertebrae, as well as causing localized pain within the joint.
When the nerves become irritated/pinched, the free flow of nerve impulses traveling from the brain to the body and back is interrupted. This causes malfunction (ex. pain, pins & needles, indigestion, cramping) to occur in the body part no longer receiving proper nerve supply.
The vast majority of people will develop subluxations at some point in their life.
Subluxations are brought on in numerous ways: poor posture, poor sleep habits, occupational stress, emotional stress, auto and work injuries, slips and falls, strenuous exercise, sports impacts, and even the birth process, which is why all childen should be checked for subluxations.
Chiropractors locate and correct these subluxations with spinal adjustments, improving the health of the spine and the function of the nerve system.