Chiro FAQ

What Should I Expect At My Chiropractic Appointment?
A typical visit starts with a little bit of paper work. Once in the treatment room, we begin with a patient history and follow that up with an orthopaedic and functional physical exam. Once we have provided you with a diagnosis of the underlying condition and ruled out other potential harmful conditions, we discuss the nature of the treatment plan and your current goals for treatment. The physical exam is then followed by treatment. Initial intakes usually take about an hour, while subsequent visits usually take about 30 minutes. We ask that you show up wearing athletic/stretchy clothing for accurate assessment in our physical exam and to allow ease of movement when performing exercises.
What Conditions Do Chiropractors Treat?
It’s well known that most patients visit a chiropractor for neck or low back pain, but that’s only because there is more neck and low back pain in our society now than ever before. Chiropractors are trained to treat everything from plantar fascial foot pain to headaches and everything in between. When performed on the neck & back, manipulations help to reduce unwanted pressures on the spinal cord and nerves, thereby improving the function of the nervous system.  Treatments performed elsewhere in the body are effective for reducing pain, promoting injury healing, and for improving gait mechanics, balance and posture. High quality evidence suggests benefit from manual therapy techniques such as chiropractic and massage therapy for most musculoskeletal conditions.
Do Chiropractors Really ‘Crack’ Your back and neck? What’s That Sound?
A Chiropractic adjustment is used specifically to gap a joint. When a joint in your neck or back is not moving through its full range of motion, an adjustment is a targeted way to produce movement and relieve pain in that joint. The “crack” that you hear indicates a change in pressure within the joint. When a joint is stretched, a pressure change is created within the fluid of that joint — this pressure change creates nitrogen gas bubbles which then pop, creating the cracking sound. Cracking your back or neck is very similar to cracking your knuckles and is safe, gentle and painless.
What Are The Risks & Benefits of Chiropractic?
Benefits to manual chiropractic care include reduction in pain, improvements in strength, improvements in the proprioceptive (sensory) capabilities of your joints, increased mobility and an improved capability for your muscles and joints to respond well to the stress that you place upon them. Chiropractic treatment is very safe, however many people fear adjustments because they’ve heard that there is a link between cervical manipulation and stroke. This has been thoroughly studied and found not to be causal in nature, but rather due to an association — which means that ithas been proven that chiropractic adjustments do not cause strokes, rather, that patients who are already pre-stroke, or are in the early stages of a stroke, have a risk that their existing embolus could be dislodged during a cervical manipulation. By reviewing a client’s health history, and performing a thorough assessment and physical exam, chiropractor’s rule out this potential “red flag” prior to performing any adjustments. As with any aspect of the proposed treatment plan, clients are always free to decline to have cervical adjustments performed.
I Don’t Like The Idea Of Getting ANY Adjustments, Can I Still See A Chiropractor?
Absolutely! Chiropractors also perform soft-tissue release, muscle activation exercises, strength & conditioning exercises, acupuncture, and can treat a variety of conditions without performing adjustments.
Will My Insurance Cover Chiropractic Treatment?
Yes, most major benefits plans include coverage for Chiropractic treatment, and direct billing is available on eligible plans.
How Often Should I See My Chiropractor?
Visit a chiropractor whenever you’re in pain and want to get better. When you get better and feel stronger there is no need to continuously visit a chiropractor. How long that will take is highly dependant on the patient and the condition we are trying to treat. Some patients choose to come in for long periods of time because they find relief with weekly treatment. However, your chiropractor’s goal is to get you back to pain free movement. Once that is achieved there is no need to continuously come back for ongoing treatments (But feel free to pop back in as often as you like!)