Chiropractic FAQ

How long will my appointment last?

Your initial chiropractic consultation and your report of findings (ROF) are two separate appointments. Each will last approximately 45 minutes.  If it’s found that chiropractic can help you, you will be given your first adjustment on your second appointment, after your ROF. Subsequent adjustment appointments will be approximately 10-15 minutes each time.

When should I see a chiropractor?

Eighty percent of Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life.  Many of these people miss work or school or regular daily activities due to the pain.  This is when it is time to seek help for the relief of your pain.  If pain causes restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider.

Some people seek chiropractic treatment for wellness care. They find that preventative care keeps their bodies functioning well and prevents pain from occurring.  Others, like seniors, find that regular chiropractic  treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion.

Other reasons people seek chiropractic care:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains from daily activities
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Work and 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?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy 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.
All health care professionals, including chiropractors, are required by law to obtain “Informed Consent” from all their patients prior to commencing treatment.  Chiropractors take this consent very seriously, and work to provide their patients with accurate information which will help them evaluate their health care choices and understand the balance of risks and benefits.

Do I need X-rays?

X-rays can play an important role in diagnosing issues with the spine and are usually recommended after reviewing the patient’s history and conducting a physical examination.  Not all patients require x-rays.  Chiropractors are skilled at reading x-rays.  They receive 360 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics including X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to interpret X-rays and they have been granted this right.

I don't like cracking. Can I still get adjusted by a chiropractor?

Some chiropractors use methods that are more gentle and don’t involve cracking of the spine.  These low-force chiropractic techniques are an equally effective method of chiropractic treatment and are sometimes preferred by certain patients.  Seniors, pregnant women and children may prefer this low-force method of treatment.

Can children be treated with chiropractic?

Yes. Pediatric chiropractic care may be beneficial for some children.  The active life of children means they are likely to experience many bumps, falls and accidents which can affect their spines and may result in back pain, neck pain or other stiffness or soreness.

A parent or guardian be present for the initial appointment for a child (under 18 years of age).