1. Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
No, there is no referral needed to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are considered primary care physicians and are 1 of 5 professions granted the use of the title "doctor"
2. Are neck adjustments safe?
Yes, chiropractic adjustments in the cervical spine are very safe. Research and intense scientific study have not found any direct correlation between chiropractic adjustments and stroke or other adverse effects. Long-term use of non-prescription pain relievers comprises a far greater risk of serious complication when compared to neck adjustments. In fact, patients who visit a chiropractor are no more likely to experience a stroke than patients who visit a family physician.
3. I heard that once you start going to a chiropractor, you have to keep going. Is that true?
Yes and no. Individuals who seek chiropractic care often choose to continue with maintenance care once their acute symptoms have been relieved. Prevention of injury and relapse of symptoms is always a priority for your chiropractor. Much like maintaining your weight by going to the gym and eating right, getting regular adjustments to help to keep you healthy and prevent further injury.
4. What is the popping/clicking sound I hear when getting adjusted?
When you get adjusted the chiropractor will transfer a specific force through the joint they are adjusting in order to restore movement to that segment. When this is done, the pressure in the joint space is changed and the gases within the synovial fluid (joint fluid that lubricates the joint) are released. The audible "pop" is not the end goal of the adjustment, but a common side-effect that occurs.
5. Is chiropractic care safe for children?
Yes. Chiropractic is not only safe for children, but it is also highly recommended. The birth process itself can often cause trauma to the spine and result in segments which are not functioning optimally. Children are always growing and changing, and it is important for them to have their spines checked regularly in order to catch any spinal developmental issues early. This will help prevent problems in adulthood.
6. Can I adjust myself?
No. Chiropractors have 4 years of training in order to perform adjustments, and attempting to self-adjust can be very dangerous. Awkwardly turning or twisting your spine to elicit the 'pop' commonly heard with a chiropractic adjustment should be avoided. You may, in fact, be making your condition worse by creating more mobility (hypermobility) in joints that are already unstable.
7. Is chiropractic care covered by OHIP? Will my private insurance cover chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is not covered by OHIP. The majority of private insurance plans will cover chiropractic care to some extent. We do not bill with any insurance companies directly, however, we will provide you with the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance in order to be reimbursed.