What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary health care professions in Ontario. Chiropractors are neuromusculoskeletal specialists, meaning they are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the nerves, joints and muscles in the body. Chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands on approach to the treatment and prevention of disorders related to the spine, the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. The word chiropractic is derived from Greek meaning “done by hand.”
The doctors of Chiropractic at Advanced Health & Wellness will use a combination of treatments that are predicated on the specific needs of the individual patient. Your chiropractor will perform a complete examination, provide you with a diagnosis and a comprehensive explanation of your condition. They will then recommend a treatment plan tailored to your condition.
What to expect your first visit?
It may be back pain, neck pain, headaches or other aches and pains that lead you to chiropractic, but our chiropractors need a complete picture of your health history and overall current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you.
Set aside at least 45 minutes for your initial visit to the chiropractor. This allows sufficient time for your chiropractor to perform a comprehensive exam and provide you with an accurate diagnosis. After providing you with a diagnosis your chiropractor will perform a report of findings where they explain your condition and educate you about it. This will include rehabilitation exercises, activities and movements you should be avoiding and what your treatments will consist of. Future visits will range between 20-30 minutes depending upon the type of treatment you require.
On your first visit your chiropractor may ask about the following:
- Personal and family medical history
- Major illnesses
- Medications you are taking
- Your present condition
- How you’re managing your current condition
- Your diet and exercise
- Daily activities
Note: Please wear comfortable clothes for your first chiropractic visit. If need be, your chiropractor may ask you to change into a gown.
During the examination the chiropractor may perform the following tests:
- Test your range of motion
- Analyze your movement- the way you walk, turn, bend, lift
- Orthopedic tests specific to your condition
- Reflexes, strength and sensation
- Posture analysis
- Hands on evaluation of spinal movement looking for any restrictions or improper motion
- Blood pressure, pulse and breathing
Our chiropractors ask that you please bring a copy of any X-rays or radiology reports you may have. This imaging material gives our chiropractors a better picture or your complete health.
If our chiropractors diagnose a condition they feel is outside the scope of their practice they will refer you to the appropriate health care professional.
Stages of Care:
Relief Care: Chiropractors provide relief care when patients are in acute pain. This is often accompanied by restricted mobility, decreased range of motion and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age, physical condition, how long you have had the current complaint and previous injuries, a few or several visits over a relatively short period of time may be necessary.
Corrective Care: Chiropractors resort to corrective care with conditions that are more severe, recurring or that have existed with or without pain for some time. These conditions often require a longer, more complex period of care. Once the severity of your condition has decreased through relief care, your chiropractor will help restore normal function to your spine, muscles, or other joints with corrective care.
Supportive/ Maintenance Care: This phase of care helps you preserve the benefits you’ve reached from relief and corrective care. Chiropractors are also trained to detect conditions in their early stages, often before you feel pain or reduced mobility. Continuing to work with your chiropractor and having periodic spinal check-ups and treatments, will keep your spine as healthy as possible. Your chiropractor will work with you to find a maintenance schedule that suits your condition, health care goals and lifestyle.
Your treatment from our chiropractors will often include adjustments, soft tissue therapy, rehabilitation exercises, dietary recommendations and other healthy living suggestions.
Our chiropractors will discuss a schedule of care, which will depend on your specific condition. Some of our chiropractic patients compare treatments to a regular tune-up to help deal with their daily wear and tear, while others simply seek treatment when in pain or discomfort. Our chiropractors at Advance Health and Wellness offer a patient centered approach and take your goals into consideration when developing your treatment plan.
When should you see a chiropractor?
Our chiropractors always welcome new patients! Commonly, people who are in pain or discomfort seek care, however, chiropractic is also beneficial to those who aren’t necessarily in pain. Chiropractors reduce the effects of every day stress on the body and treat dysfunctional joints and muscles to prevent injury and pain. Many patients initially seek care for sports injuries, workplace accidents, pregnancy related pain, repetitive strain injuries, chronic pain, motor vehicle accidents and every day wear and tear. Our chiropractors work with our patients to reduce their pain and discomfort while increasing their range of motion and functional abilities. Once patients are feeling better, many continue to see our chiropractors to prevent recurring injuries and promote optimal well-being. Please refer to the “Conditions Treated” section of our website for a list of conditions our chiropractors can help you with. Our chiropractors are very approachable and would be happy to answer any questions you may have!
What is an Adjustment?
An adjustment is a non-invasive highly skilled procedure consisting of a high velocity low amplitude thrust in a controlled and direct manner. In Ontario, an adjustment is a controlled act and a chiropractor is one of a few health care professionals allowed to perform such an act. Adjustments help relieve pain and discomfort, while restoring a joint’s normal range of motion to optimize function. Chiropractic adjustments have been proven to increase motion, coordination and circulation, while reducing muscle spasms, swelling and pain. When a joint is adjusted, pressure is released in the form of a gas bubble which produces the popping sound that most people are familiar with. Chiropractic adjustments have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Our chiropractors are well trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require a referral to another health care provider.
Who are Chiropractors?
Chiropractors in Canada have a minimum of seven years post-secondary education. Admission to a Chiropractic college requires a minimum of three years of undergraduate education. Students then complete four years at an accredited chiropractic institution, receiving more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training. Both our chiropractors graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. The chiropractic curriculum includes studies in anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, chiropractic principles, diagnosis and adjustment techniques. In addition to time spent in the classroom, chiropractic students spend over 250 hours dissecting human cadavers and over 1000 hours treating patients in a supervised clinical setting. Following the successful completion of their chiropractic education, students are required to pass the Canadian licensing exams in order to practice in Canada.
Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners that possess the controlled acts of providing a diagnosis and performing spinal adjustments. Chiropractors are one of only five health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations.
Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute. Each province has a regulatory college that is responsible for protecting public interest, setting standards of practice, assuring quality care and promoting competency within the profession. Ontario’s chiropractors are regulated by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.