What are subluxations and what causes them?
A subluxation occurs when the spinal vertebrae are misaligned or have improper movement affecting nerve communication between the brain and the body. Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. These nerve impulses travel through your spine. So having a spine free of subluxations is essential for optimal health. Therefore, having a spine with minimal subluxations is essential for optimal health- this applies to all ages; even in utero! There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and poor postural habits. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can contribute to subluxations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
How do I know if I have a subluxation?
You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have. We preach being proactive with your health – have your spinal check-up before you even feel pain. Waiting until symptoms arise is considered being reactive rather than proactive. Only 10% of the nerves feel pain so if you wait until you have pain, there is already nerve pressure.
Will I have to have x-rays taken?
X-rays can be helpful, but are not required in every patient’s case. We will determine if x-rays are necessary once we review your health history and examine your spine. Our x-ray analysis is designed to accurately and safely help locate the cause of your problem, and allows us to begin care with no guesswork. Our office only takes those x-rays which are necessary.
How does an adjustment feel and how long will it take?
Patients report that being adjusted feels great. However, in some cases the individual may be sore the first couple of times. This is because your body is essentially resisting the movement that we are aiming to restore at a specific spinal segment. You can compare this to when you workout after a long time and feel soreness the next few days. Following an adjustment the vital nerve energy it releases can last for hours, days, or even weeks, depending on the stage of your care. Each adjustment builds on top of the previous one – therefore it takes time for your body to heal and change at a structural level.
Do I need a Referral to visit a Chiropractor?
Absolutely not. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers, meaning you do not need a referral. If yours is not a Chiropractic case, a responsible Chiropractor will refer you to the appropriate health care provider.
Will my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Insurance plans will reimburse you for a portion of your chiropractic care. Most have a limit on what they’ll pay. In our centre we will provide you with a statement receipt for your care that you can submit to your insurance, and they will reimburse you up to the limit that they contribute to. Any sort of coverage is a bonus! A lot of our patients pay for their health care plans out of pocket as we make care affordable for all families.
Do you see many children in your centre?
YES! We love the amount of children and families we care for! Our chiropractors have extensive experience taking care of infants, children and teens. After school hours are some of our favorite times because of the influx of families!
Why do kids need to see a chiropractor?
There are actually a variety of reasons for a child to see a chiropractor. In fact, the #1 reason children see a chiropractor is for wellness. Many parents nowadays are choosing to be proactive with their children’s health, rather than reactive. Many of our parents bring their newborn infants to our centre within days of their birth, or we provide a home visit to check them sooner. Other common reasons for children to see a chiropractor include difficulty nursing, colic, and ear/sinus infections, which are conditions that often occur along with problems with the upper neck that is often caused by birth trauma such as a caesarian section or forceps delivery. Since chiropractic seeks to restore balance and proper function to the nervous system, chiropractic for these kids often has life-altering changes!
Is it safe to be adjusted while pregnant?
Absolutely! In fact, chiropractic care is very beneficial during pregnancy. Not only does it allow for the mother to feel her best throughout the entire process but by balancing the nervous system, relieving stress, improving pelvic alignment and decreasing any tightness in the pelvic muscles/ligaments it can prepare a mother for her best labor yet! Most of our doctors are certified in Webster’s Technique, which is specifically designed for adjusting pregnant mothers.