Frequently Asked Questions
When should I see a chiropractor? Are chiropractic adjustments safe? What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care? Does chiropractic care require a referral? Is it covered under insurance? You’ve got lots of questions about chiropractic care and we’ve got your answers covered in our Ottawa Byward Chiropractic Clinic FAQ.
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- What is chiropractic?
One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors practice a manual approach, providing diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for disorders related to the spine, pelvis, nervous system and joints. Please visit our ‘About chiropractic’ section of our website to learn more.
- What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a highly-skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to the vertebrae of the spine or other joints of the body. Adjustments correct the joint to restore proper movement and improve function. Sometimes, when a joint is adjusted, an air bubble may escape causing a popping noise, similar to when you crack your knuckles.
- When should I see a chiropractor?
Patients consult chiropractic for various reasons. Chiropractors commonly treat the following with great success: headaches, neck pain, mid back pain, joint pains, lower back or hip pain. Even if you don’t presently experience symptoms, chiropractic care can be an excellent add-on as part of your preventive health strategies.
- What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?
- Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Improve your posture
- Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Lead to enhanced athletic performance
- Improve your flexibility and range of motion
- Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
- Correction gait and foot problems
- Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
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.
- How are chiropractors educated?
Following 3-4 years of university education, chiropractors acquire their skills through a rigorous four-year, full -time accredited academic program including internship. Chiropractors must then pass comprehensive Canadian qualifying examinations in order to become licensed to practice.
- Do I require a referral from my family doctor?
No. A patient does not need a referral. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can book an appointment with their chiropractor directly.
- How many Ontarians use chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is a regular part of the lives of nearly 2 million Ontarians.
- Are there many athletes who use chiropractic?
Yes. Many amateur and professional athletes use chiropractic treatment as part of their overall health care, fitness and maintenance program. Chiropractic is often used to improve muscle and joint function, which has a direct effect on an athletic performance. Athletes most often select treatment to improve their performance, whereas the average patient may select chiropractic care to help manage aches and pains.
- Does chiropractic care require X-rays?
X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis. They may be taken when the patient case history and examination determines they are necessary. Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in diagnostic imaging covering a full range of topics from protection, to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.
- Is chiropractic care covered by health insurance plans?
Most extended health care plans do have coverage for chiropractic. It is important to check with your own carrier to determine what your plan includes.
- Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
A child is never too young to be checked by a chiropractor. Chiropractic pediatric care is very common and safe. Many parents bring their child to see a chiropractor. The birthing process can be strenuous on both mother and baby. It is appropriate for a baby to be checked as soon as possible after birth. Unless a child has an obvious problem, it can be difficult for parents to know when to seek chiropractic care.
Children are also very physically active and experience many falls at a young age resulting in minor trauma to the spine. Pediatric chiropractic care is adapted to the individual patient to match the size and needs of the patient.
- Why should I see a chiropractor when pregnant?
During pregnancy, there are several changes which the body undergoes which can create extra stress on the joint and muscles leading to lower back pain, upper back and neck tension. A protruding abdomen, increase lower back curve, pelvic changes and postural adaptations can all result in a misaligned spine or joints. Women also seek chiropractic care when baby positioning in not optimal such as breech presentation. Webster’s technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment used to establish balance in the pregnant women’s pelvis allowing for improved fetal position before delivery. All of our chiropractors are trained in Webster’s technique.
- What is the popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble from between the joints similar to when you “crack” your knuckles. It is caused by the change in pressure within the joint.
- Can patients with osteoporosis get adjusted?
Yes. When developing a care plan, your chiropractor considers the unique circumstances of each patient. There are many ways to adjust the spine. The method selected will be best suited to your age, size and health condition. Our chiropractors work with you to carry out a highly personalized treatment plan that is designed for you.
- Once you go to a chiropractor, do you have to go forever?
After patients get the relief they want, they often wish to continue with periodic care. These visits can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become serious. The choice is always up to the patient as to which form of care and treatment plan they choose.
- What techniques do we use in our office?
We use several adjusting techniques in our office to accommodate a wide variety of patient’s needs. The main technique we use in our office is Thompson Terminal Point technique. This technique uses a highly specialized table with drop away pieces. This allows for a very gently and effective chiropractic adjustment. We also use Activator, Diversified and Gonstead adjusting techniques to fit patient needs.