Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a medical profession that focuses on treating people of any age who have a disorder of the musculoskeletal and/or nervous system. Using a variety of non-surgical, hands-on approaches, chiropractors perform adjustments (spinal manipulations) to the spine or other parts of the body. The goal is to correct alignment problems, alleviate pain (usually back pain, neck pain, and headaches), and to support the healing process. Your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to meet your needs.
Is chiropractic treatment effective?
Typically, yes, chiropractic treatment is effective. Chiropractic care is adapted to the individual, and its generally gentle. Of course, as with any other type of medical treatment, chiropractic does carry some risks, such as increased pain and injury. Before seeing a Doctor of Chiropractic, be sure he or she is completely qualified to treat your spine condition. You chiropractor should be board-qualified and licenced.
You can ask someone reliable for a chiropractor recommendation. Your doctor, family members, and friends can share their recommendations.
Does my doctor need to refer me to a chiropractor?
Not always – you can visit a chiropractor without a referral, but it is a good idea to let your doctor know you are planning on visiting a chiropractor. However, it is also possible for your doctor to refer you to a chiropractor.
Can I find a chiropractor at my local hospital or doctor’s office?
It depends. While chiropractors can treat patients in several settings, such as hospitals and outpatient healthcare facilities, many chiropractors practice in a private or group practice office.
What typically happens during a chiropractic adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustment is a hands-on approach used to manipulate joints in the body to decrease pain and restore or increase joint function. Spinal manipulation should not cause increased discomfort (although it is typical to feel some mild soreness up to a couple of days after treatment).
Why do I hear a popping sound when my chiropractor adjusts me?
Sometimes during a chiropractic adjustment, you will notice a distinctive “pop”. Don’t be alarmed – it shouldn’t be painful. The noise is often due to a change of pressure between joints that results in the release of a gas bubble.
How often will I have to see my chiropractor?
Each patient is different. For example, if you have chronic back pain, you may need to do chiropractic treatment more often. It also depends on what type of treatment the chiropractor prescribes, such as relaxation techniques and diet and lifestyle counselling. Ask your chiropractor how many treatment sessions you’ll need to attend early on so you know what to expect.
Julie M. Gentile
Cannington Chiro Services
Patients attending Cannington Chiro help us by first filling out a “New Patient Questionnaire”, followed by a thorough consultation, examination, and assessment. This helps us help you.
Beginning treatment ASAP is a priority to us, with the aim of, in most cases, commencing treatment from day one. Healing, repair and rehabilitating the body after being injured is a process – and processes take time – so with understanding and patience a positive long-term outcome can be expected.
We look forward to helping you and demonstrating that we may be the missing link in your recovery.