Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the links below to learn more about some of the common questions people have about seeing a chiropractor.
When should I consider chiropractic care?
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care. However, most people first start to see a chiropractor after suffering an injury. These injuries could be related to work, sports or even daily activities or chores. Whatever the reason, the chiropractor can assess the severity of the injury and determine what the appropriate treatment plan should be. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain a healthy spine and joint function.
Below is a list of the most common reasons why people seek out chiropractic care:
- Back or neck pain
- Strains and/or sprains
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Work and/or sports-related injuries
- Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
What should I expect at my first chiropractic appointment?
- If you are visiting a chiropractor for the first time, expect to provide a health history. This may include asking about any illnesses, past surgeries, medications and other health issues.
- The chiropractor will ask about your pain and conduct a physical exam to assess and diagnose the problem.
- Your chiropractor will explain the findings of the assessment and discuss the treatment plan, ensuring your consent to treatment is informed and your questions are answered.
- If more information is needed, x-rays may be taken.
CLICK HERE to check out the “Road Map to Care” – the process Chiropractors follow during a patient encounter.
What is an Adjustment?
- An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body.
- An adjustment can help relieve pain, restore proper joint movement and optimize function of the joints and supporting muscles and ligaments.
- Adjustments are performed differently based on the area of injury. Your chiropractor will fully explain what adjustments need to be done and ensure you are comfortable with it prior to treatment.
How can my neck or back cause my arm or leg pain?
- The body’s spinal cord is protected by the spine.
- Spinal nerves travel out from the spinal cord between the joints of the spine and carry messages from the brain to every area of the body.
- Stress and strain on the joints of the spine can put pressure on the spinal nerves in the affected area, thus affecting the message being sent to the body (i.e. an arm or leg)
Although this may sound simple, it’s quite complex, so if you are experiencing pain in an arm or leg you should see a health care practitioner, such as a chiropractor, to determine the cause of your symptoms.