Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is Chiropractic care?
A: There's nothing mysterious about Chiropractic. It's a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That's because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.

Q: What Type of Education Do Chiropractors Get?
A: Today's Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated with an education curriculum similar to medical school. Special emphasis is placed on anatomy, neurology, biomechanics, nutrition, x-ray, physiology, diagnosis, and spinal adjusting. Postgraduate education totals 8 years and demanding national and provincial boards must be passed. Postgraduate courses are generally also taken throughout a Doctor’s career.

Q: Why do some people go to Chiropractors over and over again? I have heard once you go, you have to go forever.
A: Ultimately, your health is your own business. Many people in the last 10-15 years have discovered that ultimately, your health is your responsibility, and no one else's. Therefore, by learning the fundamental truth that "structure determines function" they desire to have their structure as normal and healthy as possible. Once your posture is corrected, you may require (and often do) occasional check ups to insure you remain aligned normally. This is not such a foreign concept. Think of those folks you know who have had their teeth aligned. More often than not, a "retainer" is required to maintain the new and healthy position of the teeth.

Q: Is a portion of Chiropractic covered by OHIP?
A: Yes, until 2005.
In the recent budget brought down by the Ontario Government, it was announced that Chiropractic would no longer be covered by OHIP. As soon as this provision of the Budget is brought into effect, the present partial coverage for Chiropractic under OHIP exists.

Q: How many times a week will I need therapy?
A: Depending on the nature of the injury (car accident, fall, athletic injury, chronic injury), the Doctor will decide what frequency is best for you. Following a car accident, the normal treatment schedule is 4 visits per week for 2 weeks, 3 visits per week for 3 weeks, then 2 times a week for two more weeks. At the end of 6 weeks a re-assessment is performed on the patient to determine their progress and if further treatment is necessary.

Q: Do I use ice or heat for my injury?
A: The application of ice or heat on an aching muscle depends on the stage of the injury. All muscle pain is not created equal. Ice is best used on acute injuries that have just occurred (up to 48 hours). Heat works well on chronic injuries that are reoccurring and on injuries that are in the maturation stage (when mobility and strength is the focus). Ice for a maximum of 10-15 minutes at a time.

Q: The pain from my injury keeps me awake at night. What can I do to get a more restful sleep?
A: You spend as much time sleeping each day as you do working. You wouldn't think of sitting or standing in an awkward position for 6 to 9 hours, yet so many people do the equivalent, or worse, by sleeping in poor posture positions. Poor sleeping posture can be difficult to recognize due to our unawareness of position during sleep. Because of this it can be difficult to break poor sleeping habits. These poor habits cause you to wake up with aches and pains without knowing the reason behind them. More importantly, you may be establishing a pattern of postural stress that may be creating spinal health problems. First, avoid sleeping on your stomach. Don’t use your arm as a pillow. Select a good pillow (cervical pillow). When sleeping on your side, place a pillow between your knees’s to ease your back strain. When sleeping on your back, place a pillow under your knees to also reduce lower back strain.