Q: What to expect on your first visit:
1. An in-depth medical history.
2. A thorough physical examination.
3. A treatment plan including answers to any patient questions or concerns.
4. Appropriate treatment and recommendations (you have had these problems for long enough, why wait to get better!) which you agree to and feel totally comfortable with (eg. no "cracking", no acupuncture, no problem, lets do something else). Note: treatment recommended will never be contraindicated by findings in 1) or 2) or test results (for example imaging or blood work that may be required or pending).
Q. What are my responsibilities as a patient?
1. Honest, accurate and full disclosure of all pertinent health information.
2. Constructive feedback (positive / negative) regarding all aspects of care.
3. A cooperative commitment to your treatment plan.
4. Compliance with office policies, procedures and fees.
5. Courtesy and respect for the office environment, staff and other patients.
6. Up-to-date contact information.
A: A chiropractic adjustment is any chiropractic therapeutic procedure that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, strength, and speed at a specific joint to restore normal motion and function, relieving muscle spasms, pain and nerve irritation. This controlled thrust moves a joint past its usual range of motion, without exceeding its limits. The term adjustment is used interchangeably with the term manipulation.
A: All healthcare procedures have some element of risk. However, chiropractic adjustments are amongst the safest of all health interventions, with more than 30 million treatments performed each year in Canada by chiropractors.
A: Yes, that is true. The scientific literature contains many studies which have found that chiropractic spinal manipulation is the most effective, cost-efficient and safest treatment for back pain. Simply put, seeing a chiropractor, along with active exercise, is an appropriate action to take when suffering from back or neck pain.