Frequently asked questions about chiropractic care, naturopathic medicine, registered massage therapy and acupuncture.
What is chiropractic?
“One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system.” –Ontario Chiropractic Association
What are adjustments?
Our treatments involve many different elements. Adjustments may or may not be utilized, depending on a number of different factors, including patient input. “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.”
–Ontario Chiropractic Association
Is it 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.
Prior to starting treatment, all health professionals are required by law to obtain informed consent to treatment from their patients. Health care consumers must receive adequate and accurate information to assist them in evaluating their health care choices, and in balancing the relative risks of treatment options with the benefits. The chiropractic profession takes this responsibility seriously and has been a leader in obtaining informed consent.”–Ontario Chiropractic Association
If I start, do I always have to go?
In another section of the website we allude to this, and, the answer is an emphatic no. Chiropractic is about your health and care and is about providing you with what you need. Some patients choose to continue with us after their initial goals have been achieved because they see the value in an on-going wellness care relationship. Others choose to come in on an as-needed basis. Many factors come into play with either decision and it is not something a patient is coerced into. Your choices for your healthcare are respected.