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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most common questions we get when beginning chiropractic care.

What is an adjustment?

A Chiropractic adjustment is the use of a specific, gentle force in a precise direction that helps normalize spinal function, and re-aligns the subluxated vertebrae.

What is a subluxation?

A vertebral subluxation is an area of the spine where the vertebrae is out of alignment.  Subluxations put damaging pressure on the nerves, disturbing the flow of nerve impulses from the brain through the rest of the body.

Is chiropractic safe?

While no health care is completely risk-free, few can match chiropractic’s safety; its gentle, non-invasive, drug-free methods benefit all age groups, from newborns to seniors and everyone in between.  A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal said serious reactions are estimated at approximately 1 in 6 million adjustments.  You have a 600 times greater risk of being struck by lightning in your lifetime than having an adverse reaction to an adjustment.

Can I be adjusted if I am pregnant?

Absolutely! Being adjusted during pregnancy is perfectly safe for mother and child.  Chiropractic adjustments allow for a more comfortable pregnancy, optimize infant development and positioning, and promote ease and safety of birth.  We have advanced training in techniques designed specifically for pregnant women.

Is chiropractic care recommended for newborns and children?

Absolutely. Chiropractic care is designed to improve nervous system function so that the messages between your brain to your body are being sent as efficiently and as quickly as possible. When this happens, you can respond to the environment with your full potential, allowing your body to handle stress better. People of all ages can benefit from chiropractic care. Newborns and children have many emotional, physical and chemical stressors in their environment, just like adults. Why wait until they are experiencing negative symptoms? Let’s establish a healthy, proactive nervous system in children.

How will my progress be evaluated?

Every 12 visits we conduct progress exams to objectively measure your progress by analyzing your posture, range of motion, as well as keeping track of stressors, body signals and overall well-being.  In your first year of corrective care, a comparative exam, including an x-ray and thermography scan, will be done after 36 adjustments, and again at one year.  After your first year, a comparative exam will be done every year or two, depending on your care frequency.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the only health-care system that works to maximize the natural, innate strengths of the human body and its capacity to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.  Chiropractic uses hands-on techniques that assist your spine, central nervous system, and body to heal itself naturally.

What can I do to speed up my recovery?

It is our goal to help you reach your optimal health. Every person is different in their current state of health and what their goals are, thus there is no magic trick to speeding up recovery for every person. While healing takes time, there are certain lifestyle adaptations that can help improve your health.

You will be prescribed specific corrective mobility stretches, stabilizing stretches, and a traction unit to help support and strengthen the musculature surrounding the nervous system. You may also choose to receive recommendations for strengthening exercises from a registered massage therapist /physiotherapist and/or personal trainer. We recommend that you incorporate these exercises into your daily routine to stabilize and strengthen your musculoskeletal system surrounding your spine.

Incorporate movement into your life as much as possible. Whether this means going for a walk each morning, or getting up every ten minutes from your desk to stretch, we encourage as much movement as possible. Humans are not meant to be sedentary beings, our bodies need motion to stay in a state of health.

Another adaptation for a healthier lifestyle is to change your diet. Focus on healthy proteins, fats and sugars from natural sources. Work toward eliminating fast-food meals, and educate yourself on tasty alternatives that fit into your day.

Can I be adjusted if I have had an operation on my spine / have old, weak, or brittle bones / broken bones? 

We use many very gentle techniques to ensure proper safety, from newborns to the very elderly.

Should I be adjusted if I’m sick?

Yes! One of the best things you can do when you are sick is get adjusted.  An adjustment can boost your immune system up to 200% and help your body regain control and balance to better fight off your condition. Check out this awesome study here: ??

Can I adjust myself?

Even chiropractors need other chiropractors to adjust them.  The worst spines are those people who manipulate their own spines.  A chiropractic adjustment moves specific subluxations in a specific direction and should only be done by a chiropractor. We you try to do your own electrical work…

Should I exercise before or after my appointment?

If you can choose, we recommend exercising after your chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment is designed to improve your brain-body connection by correcting subluxations in your nervous system, thus following your adjustment you may be more efficient and effective in your movements. However, the most important thing is to make sure you maintain a regular exercise routine! Your personal schedule will dictate how you can fit in both exercise and your chiropractic appointments

Should I use ice or heat?

If you are experiencing pain, one of your questions may be whether to apply ice or heat to the sore area? Here is a video by Dr. Pauline who explains her recommendations:

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What if I have to miss an appointment?

If you are unable to make it to one of your appointments, please call the office to reschedule.  In order to get the best results from your care it is important to maintain a consistent schedule and to get the recommended number of adjustments within a certain period.  If you know you will be away for a week or two, make sure to schedule extra adjustments before and after your absence to keep you on track. Discuss longer absences of a month or more with your Doctor.

How will my progress be evaluated?

Every 12 visits we conduct progress exams to objectively measure your progress by analyzing your posture, range of motion, as well as keeping track of stressors, body signals and overall well-being.  In your first year of corrective care, a comparative exam, including an x-ray and thermography scan, will be done after 36 adjustments, and again at one year.  After your first year, a comparative exam will be done every year or two, depending on your care frequency.

How do I get reimbursed by my insurance company?

We are happy to print statements for you to submit to your insurance company. Most practice members ask for statements monthly or yearly. You are eligible to be reimbursed for care that you have both received and paid for.  For example, if you made a payment of $287, you can only get reimbursed once you have received at least $287 worth of care (about 7 adjustments).  If you require further clarification, please ask us!

What are the Doctor’s “Best Recommendations”?

Your Doctor will have presented you with a care plan designed to achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time.  If for some reason the Best Recommendations do not seem feasible due to time or financial constraints, don’t worry, you have other options, just ask the Doctor.

If I can’t do the Best Recommendations is there any point of starting care at all?

Of course there is!  Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care no matter how often or how long they are under care.  It is similar to a fitness schedule.  Of course you will get better results more quickly by working out 5 days a week, but if you only work out once or twice a week you will still see improvement, it will just take you a little longer to reach your goals.

I can’t afford this care plan!

Many of us spend beyond our means on non-essentials, like vacations, expensive cell phone bills, satellite TV, or shopping.  Some non-essentials may actually be harmful to your health such as smoking, drinking, and eating out.  It’s all about priorities.  Is there anything you are spending money on that should not be taking priority over your health? If finances are a real concern, we can always work out a plan that suits both your goals and your circumstances.

My schedule is far too busy, I can’t maintain this frequency!

If you’ve been trying to make the best recommendations work but you are struggling to find the time, or perhaps your circumstances have changed (a new job, new home that is further away, change in work schedule), don’t worry, your care plan is not a contract.  These care plans can be amended to a different frequency, even mid-way through, to find a better fit that works for you.

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Monday:

7:30 am-12:00 pm

2:00 pm-6:30 pm

Tuesday:

6:30 am-12:00 pm

Wednesday:

12:00 pm-6:30 pm

Thursday:

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2:00 pm-6:30 pm

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