FAQ

Chiropractic FAQ (10)

What is Chiropractic?

The modern science and philosophy of chiropractic has evolved from the fact that your body is a self healing organism controlled by the nervous system. Interference, to the nervous system, by misalignment of the spinal vertebrae, called SUBLUXATIONS disrupt the normal nerve function, ultimately leading to ill health, disease and many common symptoms. A doctor of Chiropractic, utilizes his hands to adjust subluxations, allowing the body to express its optimal health potential. Research has shown that Chiropractic care is effective in the treatment of back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, painful joints, shoulders, hips, jaw problems, fatigue and stress, to name a few. Chiropractors are the only doctors in Canada fully qualified and licenced to find and remove spinal subluxations.

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is a devastating spinal disorder that has detrimental effects on the nervous system and can lead to decades of unwanted health problems and dis-ease.

How do I get a subluxation?

A subluxation occurs when the bones of the spine become misaligned causing irritation on the nerves that exit the spine and go to every structure in the body. Subluxations can arise from a variety of methods, from daily posture at work, commuting, falls and accidents, child bearing, playing sports, and daily activities are just a few of the many causes of subluxations. The most important reason to get checked for subluxations is to determine how the subluxations are affecting your nervous system.

How do I get rid of my subluxations?

The primary form of care to remove subluxations is with a schedule of chiropractic adjustments. By applying a specific and precise force, in the right direction and at the right time, over time, changes in the position and motion of spinal bones can be made. To determine if you have subluxations, book an appointment to see a chiropractor. We are so passionate about removing subluxations and restoring nervous system function that we are offering a special gift to you if you email us. Chiropractors are the ONLY health care professionals adequately trained and licenced to detect and remove subluxations.

How important is my nervous system to my health?

The nervous system runs, regulates, and controls every aspect of your entire body. It’s what makes your heart beat, and your lungs breath. It’s what digests what you had for lunch, and turns it into living, functioning cells that allow you to survive and thrive. The nervous system is the master controller of the body. It’s what heals the cut on your finger or keeps your muscles working right when you’re playing sports to prevent injury. It’s what controls the immune system, and therefore controls our resistance and immunity. It’s the first thing to develop after the egg and sperm unite, and it orchestrates our creation into beings. It is the most important factor of a person’s ultimate health potential. The nervous system is central axis of good health, and chiropractic care restores proper function to the nervous system through the correction of spinal subluxations. Chiropractic can help anyone reach their optimum health potential.

Are Chiropractors real doctors?

Yes! Chiropractic is one of the five professions authorized to perform and communicate a diagnosis, and use the title “Doctor”. The other professions using the title of “Doctor” are: dentistry, medicine, optometry, and psychology By law in Ontario, a Chiropractor is a primary health care provider. This means that you have the ability to seek out a chiropractor if you so choose, without referral from your family physician.

Who uses Chiropractic?

People from all walks of life use chiropractic care, from celebrities to medical doctors to students and everyone in between.

Here are just a few of the testimonials from some high profile individuals:

“I could not have won the Tour de France without the assistance of my Chiropractor.” – Lance Armstrong

“I’ve been going to the chiropractor for as long as I remember. It is important to my game as practicing my swing!” – Tiger Woods

“I depend on chiropractic and so does my whole family. . I have been making a movie in Mexico and all of us on the set saw the chiropractor to keep us going. All of the crew, electricians, stunt people, actors, all of us, were adjusted regularly by this great woman chiropractor who worked around the clock to take care of us all. That’s what chiropractors do; take care of people like no other kind of healer.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

How will the adjustment help me?

Chiropractic adjustments help eliminate interference that prevents your body from communicating and thus healing itself. Misaligned vertebrae interfere with your nervous system, which affects organs and muscles throughout your body. Your chiropractor locates and corrects any misalignments, which can alleviate painful symptoms elsewhere in the spine and facilitates the body’s ability to function properly and heal itself.

What does an adjustment feel like?

Most patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Since repeated adjustments are necessary, if adjustments didn’t feel good, patients wouldn’t return to finish their care. Chiropractic doctors are expert at making adjustments feel good.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain.

Much has been alluded to over the years regarding the safety of “spinal manipulation.” (This is what the medical and research community calls an adjustment.) Finally, someone has published statistics based on real research done by a relatively disinterested (and therefore objective) party. Ian Coulter, Ph.D., published an article in the journal Integrative Medicine, volume I, number 2, entitled “Efficacy and Risks of Chiropractic Manipulation: What Does the Evidence Suggest?” The article is a discussion of data obtained by the Rand Corporation regarding safety and efficacy of lumbar and cervical adjusting.

Here is the key data:
· Over 90% of all manipulation in the US is performed by chiropractors.
· Risk of complication with cervical adjusting is 6.39 per 10 million.
· Risk of complication with lumbar adjusting is 1 in 100 million.

Compare this to:
· Risk of complication for use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflamatory Drugs (such as; Motrin, asprin, Tylenol, Naprosyn, etc.) is 3.2 per 1 thousand, or 32,000 per 10 million.
· Risk of complication with cervical spine surgery is 15.6 per 1 thousand, or 156,000 per 10 million.

Comparing the numbers, cervical spine adjustments are:
· 24,413 times less likely to cause complications than surgery, and
· 5,008 times less likely to cause complications than NSAIDs.