Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care

   
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While joint and muscle pain may be something you have been suffering from for a long time, or have just noticed recently, the decision to seek out chiropractic care may be daunting; especially if you are completely new to the practice. Many people are unaware of the benefits of chiropractic care, so we’re here to help answer some of the frequently asked questions regarding chiropractors.

What conditions are treatable by chiropractic care?
Typically, chiropractors treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, and headaches. Patients suffering from musculoskeletal disorders which affect their muscles, joints, and ligaments often seek out the care of a chiropractor to help with realignment and to ease the area back into normalcy. Outside of physical care, chiropractors also advise patients on healthy diets, exercise routines, and lifestyle adjustments, effectively providing a comprehensive solution for better health and pain-free living.

Do I need a referral to get an appointment?
Absolutely not. You can visit a chiropractor without a referral from your MD. Most practices will directly bill you, or take your insurance plan number for coverage. When selecting an MD, it can be beneficial to ask a friend for a suggestion on someone they’ve been treated by, or a clinic that is known for having a good reputation.

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Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Chiropractic treatment is one of the safest, natural, drug-free, non-invasive practices available to treat musculoskeletal and pain. Combined with naturopathy and massage therapy, this area of treatment options is perfectly safe, natural, and soothing. While some patients may experience soreness, stiffness, and aching immediately after receiving treatment, these discomforts fade, replaced by relief and increased mobility. However, keep in mind that every patient is different, and consulting with your healthcare provider, or coming in for a consultation to ask more specific questions is always a welcome and appreciated caution.

Why is chiropractic treatment on-going?
Often times, the best therapies are slower procedures conducted over a period of time to allow for the maximized healing in the safest form.

Chiropractors conduct a hands-on treatment versus medical treatments like taking antibiotics in your home. The hands-on nature of this practice requires you to visit the clinic for a set period of time (determined by your chiropractor) where your chiropractor will ease your pain away in the most natural way possible.

How is chiropractic treatment performed?
Chiropractic therapy is conducted in a manually, where trained care providers manipulate your joints, spine, muscles in the area of discomfort. Manipulation can be carried out using just the hands, or with an instrument, where the main idea is to naturally restore and enhance muscle and joint function.

We hope we’ve answered some of your frequently asked questions about chiropractic care! Be sure to call us to book an appointment.

Joel Weisberg

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well.