Chiropractic FAQ

Will the chiropractor give me a spinal adjustment on the first visit?
Generally YES!  This all depends on examination findings and the patient’s preference.  We strive to make your treatment as comfortable and effective as possible, and this is why we offer many different adjusting styles (hands-on and activator gentle technique), along with acupuncture and modalities (cold laser, therapeutic ultrasound, electrotherapy).  Each option will be explained to you and you are under no obligation to have certain techniques performed if you are not comfortable with them.

Is chiropractic care covered by OHIP?
Chiropractic services are not covered under OHIP.  However many extended health plans do cover chiropractic services – please confirm your extended health coverage and requirements if unsure.

What is the “cracking” noise I hear during an adjustment?
When a chiropractor adjusts or physically moves a vertebrae (bone), a pressure difference is created within the synovial joint. Gases released cause an audible sound to be heard. The bones themselves are not breaking or cracking!

Will I need X-rays?
In most cases no!  The guidelines for x-rays are extremely strict in Ontario and we adhere to these to limit your exposure to x-ray radiation.  If x-rays are warranted you will be referred to your medical doctor or x-ray facility such that OHIP will cover the cost.

Do chiropractors do massage therapy?
No. At our facility the chiropractor will usually provide some soft tissue work on tight muscles but we do not replace registered massage therapists.  Chiropractic care works very well with massage therapy, among other therapies.

Does chiropractic care hurt?
Yes and no. There may be some discomfort during and/or after a treatment (usually only the first treatment or two).  Every patient is different but in some cases the body will “fight” against the treatment and it will take a few sessions for the body to get used to the restored motion or joint position.

Do I need a prescription or a referral from my medical doctor in order to see a chiropractor?
No! And since chiropractic is a drug-less practice, we do not prescribe either.  Every Ontario resident is entitled to chiropractic care without a medical prescription.  In very rare cases a medical doctor referral note is required for extended health plans to be covered for chiropractic treatments – please confirm your coverage if you are not sure.  We also carry custom made orthotics and compression stockings and socks which may require a medical doctor note to receive reimbursement from your extended health plan.

How long will I need chiropractic care?
The length of time you are under chiropractic care varies among individuals. After the chiropractor completes your physical assessment, your diagnosis and plan of management of your condition will be recommended to you.  We will make our recommendations but ultimately the choice is yours!  In general, with new injuries you will benefit from a slight increased frequency for the first couple of weeks, but as you start feeling better your frequency will be decreased.  It is recommended once you start feeling better that you continue to come every 4-6 weeks to keep your joints and muscles moving properly and pain-free.  However, we have some patients that only wish to come in for treatment when they are in pain and this is fine as well.  You will never feel any pressure from us!

Will the chiropractor recommend exercises for me?
Along with your treatment plan, your chiropractor will recommend alternatives to care, exercises and changes to your present lifestyle during your visit.

How long is each treatment?
The first visit lasts approximately 45 minutes to one hour. This allows time for the history taking and chiropractic examination. Each subsequent visit lasts approximately 20-30 minutes.

Do neck adjustments cause stroke?
There are reported cases of stroke associated with visits to various health care providers including: medical doctors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths and chiropractors. Research and scientific evidence does not establish a cause and effect relationship between chiropractic treatment and the occurrence of stroke rather, recent studies indicate that patients may be consulting one of the health care providers listed previously when they are in the early stages of a stroke.  In essence, there is a stroke already in progress.  The possibility of such injuries occurring in association with upper cervical adjustment is extremely remote.

What is the Activator Technique?
Activator technique is a specific chiropractic adjusting technique involving a low-force adjusting instrument. Similar to the hands-on traditional chiropractic adjustment, the goal is to restore motion to a misaligned or restricted joint which can reduce pain and stiffness.


Acupuncture FAQ

Does it hurt?
No, acupuncture does not hurt. During the treatment you may experience mild tingling or numbness along the area being stimulated.

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture involves inserting very fine, sterile, single use needles into different areas of the body to stimulate nerve endings.  Stimulation of specific points in the body can assist with pain relief, stress and many other health conditions.  The goal is to restore balance in the body.  We can also use electro-acupuncture at the clinic which is a new form of acupuncture which involves electrical stimulation of the needles and is very relaxing!

What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture has proven to be successful in reducing stress, muscle tension and chronic pain and can encourage the body’s natural healing response.

Does acupuncture complement other therapies?
Yes, acupuncture is a safe, pain-free option which can be used separately or in conjunction with chiropractic care.

Can acupuncture help me quit smoking?
Acupuncture can help ease the cravings associated with quitting smoking. It is best advised to start with a course of acupuncture after you have decided to quit.

Are the needles sterilized?
New, single use, disposable needles are used for each acupuncture treatment. Most treatments require anywhere from 4 – 10 needles to be inserted for a period of 15 – 20 minutes.

Is acupuncture covered by OHIP?
Many private health benefits provide coverage for acupuncture but presently there is no OHIP coverage.  Please confirm that contemporary medical acupuncture is covered by your extended health plan if you wish to receive reimbursement from your insurance company.