Chiropractors are Primary Health Care practitioners. They are neuromusculoskeletal specialists. In Canada, chiropractors must undergo a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education with the last four years being specific to chiropractic training at an approved institution by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada.
A Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a procedure that uses highly developed skills. These skills are developed throughout the intensive training obtained through chiropractic education. The procedure is often done with our hands (but may involve an instrument) to manipulate the joints of the body and extremities to restore and enhance joint function. Enhancing joint function removes interferences from the nervous system and reduces pain. This is a highly controlled procedure and rarely causes discomfort. The adjustment may be adapted for your individual needs and preferences. People often experience immediate changes after an adjustment.
Your brain and nerves make up your nervous system. Your nervous system is the commander of your body. It carries communications from your brain to all of your body’s tissues including muscles and organs. In order for you to remain healthy the communication between your body and brain must be free of interferences. The most common site for nervous irritation to occur is at your spine. It is at your spine where the nerves branch off from the spinal cord and travel to all of your tissues. A specifically delivered adjustment to selected areas of the body will help to remove the interference from your nervous system.
As chiropractic manipulations are drug free non-invasive techniques they are low in risk. Complications after a chiropractic adjustment are rare. If you have any concerns regarding a particular part of your treatment plan it is highly suggested to discuss your concerns with your chiropractor. Your chiropractor will be able to answer your questions further and if needed come up with an alternative plan of care.
The popping sound that is often heard after a chiropractic adjustment is gas being released from the joint. It is not unlike the sound you hear when you open up a can of pop. It is also important to note that in order for an adjustment to be effective the popping sound does not need to be heard.
On your first appointment your chiropractor is going to want to take a detailed health history and a history of your particular complaint. Some of the questions might seem irrelevant at the time but may play a role in the current complaint. After the history your chiropractor will perform a physical examination and discuss the findings with you. At this point your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan with you or if necessary refer you for further testing or x-rays. If you have any recent x-rays it is a good idea to bring them to your first appointment.
Chiropractic is covered by most extended health care plans. Call your insurance provider to be sure of your policy and your coverage. Gaia Integrative Clinic does not currently bill directly to insurance companies, patients must pay the full fee for service then send in their receipts to their company for reimbursement.