Chiropractic FAQ

IMG_5316When should I see a chiropractor?In the same manner you have your teeth checked by a dentist before you have a dental issue, you and your family should have your spine and nervous system checked by a wellness chiropractor on a preventative basis. Asymptomatic spinal misalignments (subluxations) and postural imbalances not only cause pain, but also affect your overall health.

Conditions that respond well to  chiropractic care:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains from daily activities
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

I’m pregnant. Can I still go to the chiropractor?

Yes. Chiropractic is a safe, drug-free way to deal with some of the pain and discomfort many women experience during pregnancy.  Chiropractic care can start as early as the first month of pregnancy.  It can help you better deal with the various changes that are occurring to your body.  Special adjustments by the chiropractor, designed for the pregnant woman, help balance the pelvis, reduce any nerve irritation in the spine and generally help your body feel more at ease overall.  With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth which can result in an easier and safer delivery for both the mother and baby.

Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic treatment is recognized as a safe, non-invasive and drug-free, option available for the treatment of many types of pain, including back pain, headache, and neck pain.  Chiropractors are licensed health care professionals who have completed a university degree and 4 years of chiropractic college leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree.  The chiropractic industry is a self-regulating profession. Each provincial chiropractic regulatory body has the authority to grant a license to practice chiropractic.

How long will my appointment last?

Your initial chiropractic consultation and your report of findings (ROF) are two separate appointments. Each will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes.  If it’s found that chiropractic can help you, you will be given your first adjustment on your second appointment, after the doctor has reviewed your findings with you and gone over her recommendations. Subsequent appointments will be approximately 5 -10 minutes each time.

Do I need X-rays?

X-rays can play an important role in diagnosing issues with the spine.  Not all patients require x-rays. Based on your history and the doctor’s findings, x-rays may or may not be recommended. If you have had x-rays taken, we recommend bringing copies or reports with you.

I don’t like “cracking & popping” noises.  Can I still get adjusted by a chiropractor?

At Bayview North Family Chiropractic we offer a variety of techniques to adjust our patients. Some of these do not involve manual adjustments (see Torque release Technique) and are more gentle.  These low force techniques are an equally effective method of chiropractic treatment.  Your chiropractor will do a complete examination and discuss which techniques will be most appropriate to help you reach your health goals.

Can babies and children be treated with chiropractic?

Yes. Often it is hard to imagine why a baby would need to see a chiropractor. But, babies can experience in-utero constraint, traumatic deliveries, strain from sitting in car seats, and falls as they learn to move around in the world. Symptoms seen in babies that respond well to Chiropractic include colic, ear infections, difficulty with bowel movements, trouble latching, sleeping issues and general irritability.

Children experience dozens of falls, have traumatic sports injuries, sit a lot and carry heavy back-packs. Symptoms seen in children that respond well to chiropractic care include back pain, neck pain, headaches, ear-infections, breathing issues and constipation. Scoliosis (curves in the spine) also can go undetected until it is too late so it is important for children to have their posture checked early.

Babies and children are adjusted using very safe and gentle techniques. Kids enjoy their visits because chiropractic helps them feel better. We love treating babies and kids and make their visits relaxing and fun.