Frequently Asked Questions
Is Chiropractic Safe?
The safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment has been studied very carefully. Both the medical profession and more importantly, chiropractors themselves need to be completely certain that the care they provide is safe. Few mediacal treatments have been scrutinized in as much detail as chiropractic.
To date, no significant findings have shown that the risks are greater than for other back or neck pain treatments. In fact, studies have found chiropractic to be extremely safe and effective in alleviating back pain,neck pain and many types of headaches. Remember, chiropractic care does not involve risky drugs or surgery.
If a chiropractor diagnoses a problem that would be better treated by another health care professional, he or she will make an appropriate referral.
Complications from chiropractic are rare. Your chiropractor will discuss all potential side effects and risks along with the benefits of any care you receive.
How many adjustments will I require?
The number of treatments varies with each patient and their specific health goals. Many people feel improvement within a week or two of frequent adjustments. As your spine stabilizes visits are less frequent. Although about 80% of patients will feel much better within a month, chronic spinal conditions can take months or more to have maximal healing.
Generally there are three levels of care, but initially most people need immediate relief.
Relief care is provided for immediate pain and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age and physical condition, one visit, or several visits over a short period of time may be necessary.
Corrective care treats long term spinal problems. Because these problems have existed for some time they require a longer, more complex period of care, which may well include a customized exercise program. Adjustments become less frequent during corrective care as your spinal joints, muscles and ligaments and nerve function improve.
Supportive or maintenance care helps you maintain and enjoy the benefits you have achieved from relief and corrective care. Continuing to work with your chiropractor and having adjustments once in a while will keep your spine as healthy as possible. This is similar to regular dental check ups but much less costly. We hope that patients will continue to try and help themselves with exercise,stretches etc. so that the need for maintenance care is less.
Whether you decide to attend our office for relief care or choose to continue with some type of spinal health maintenance program the choice is yours. We offer the best care possible and you can decide how much of it you want!
Why Do Young Children Get Adjusted?
Even natural childbirth methods can affect an infants spine. Studies suggest that infantile colic, unusual irritability, poor appetite and ear infections can be signs of spinal stress. Chiropractic adjustments for children are very gentle. Very little pressure is used whether the treatment is done by hand or using a specialized precision instrument.
Older children can benefit from chiropractic care to improve their posture and to correct imbalances and injuries caused by competitve sports such as hockey, ringette football and soccer. Many professional athletes including the Ottawa Senators, Sydney Crosby and Tiger Woods use chiropractic care on a regular basis. Sydney Crosby credits his chiropractor for getting him back on the ice.
What Is An Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to spinal joints that are not moving right or are out of proper alignment. Some techniques use the doctor s hand, an instrument or special drop tables. There are many ways to adjust the spine. When the joints unlock or separate a gas bubble is allowed to escape (this is the popping sound or cracking noise you might have heard about). Adjustments relief pressure on the joint and surrounding nerves, and most importantly allow your spine to function better. Chiropractors refer to the improper motion or position of a vertebrae as a subluxation. Subluxations irritate nerves affecting communication between the brain and body and can cause more problems than back or neck pain if they are not corrected. Health of your muscles, organs and tissues rely on regulation by the nervous system so it is very important to have a proper functioning spine.
Is Chiropractic Care Addictive?
No. If it were there would be more healthy people around and chiropractors would not get patients who last saw a chiropractor "a few years ago when they threw their back out". It is possible to get used to feeling more energetic, less stressed and more flexible as a result of regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic is not addictive; however, good health can be.
Can a person who had back surgery visit a chiropractor?
Yes. It is unfortunate but nearly half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their symptoms years later. By helping your spinal column to function better chiropractic may prevent repeated back surgeries and could possibly have prevented the need for surgery in the first place. With their thorough training chiropractors realize that in certain cases surgery is necessary and will refer you to the appropriate specialist if need be.
Can I see a chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nervous system. Pregnant mothers find that adjustments reduce many ot their aches and pains and make delivery easier. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight,age and health status.