The first visit has become an increasingly important step as more and more patients seek to understand the cause of their problem, rather than merely address the symptoms. There is no substitute for a thorough history and physical examination. Your first visit may require between 30-60 minutes to complete. Here is a list of some of the ways we evaluate patients:
As a result of your first visit you will be able to answer the following questions:
For more information see the Ontario Chiropractic Association’s What to expect on your first visit page.
Chiropractic can work as a source of relief and preventative care. Patients consult our office for a variety of reasons but the most common are:
The scope of chiropractic care allows us to work directly with the joints, muscles and nerves of of the body. We also treat many other conditions, some of which are listed below:
If you are unsure if we can help, give us a call and we’ll let you know if we can be of service.
Canada’s chiropractors are musculoskeletal (MSK) experts, providing the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and preventative care of biomechanical disorders originating from the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.(1) The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.” Chiropractors are one of only five classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations. (2)
Chiropractors use a combination of treatments, all of which are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. After taking a complete history and diagnosing a patient, a chiropractor can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment/management plan, recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies, and provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. (2) The chiropractic adjustment is the most commonly prescribed treatment used in chiropractic care.
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.
When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about.
Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider. (2)
Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk.
Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling. Some patients may also experience temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. However, adverse effects associated with spinal adjustment are typically minor and short-lived. (2)
Chiropractors are legislated as primary care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary. (2)
A Doctor of Chiropractic has spent four years at an accredited chiropractic institution, receiving more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training. (2) I attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, which requires four years of full-time study, following a minimum of three years of University level Study, for a total of at least seven years of University level training. The final year of study incorporates a clinical internship which provides hands-on clinical experience under the direct supervision of highly-qualified faculty. This experience includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and referral protocols. (1)
The Canadian Chiropractic Association is the national voice for the chiropractic profession in Canada. Public education is a big part of what they do.
The Ontario Chiropractic Association represents the chiropractic profession in Ontario. Their website has a lot of good information about chiropractic care.