What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic as defined by the College of Chiropractic of Ontario is as follows:
The practice of chiropractic is the assessment of conditions related to the spine, nervous system and joints and the diagnosis, prevention and treatment, primarily by adjustment, of…
(a) dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the
spine and the effects of those dysfunctions or disorders on the
nervous system; and
(b) dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the
What someone should be aware of from this definition is that chiropractic has potentially far reaching effects because of it’s influence and focus on the nervous system.
How do I know if chiropractic is right for me?
Chiropractic care can have benefit in many areas. Ongoing research shows that chiropractic care is a valid approach in the treatment of many health conditions. To know whether or not yours is a case for chiropractic, it would be a good first step to consult with a chiropractor and share your health concerns and goals.
What is your perspective on treating pain?
Pain is very elusive…and not fun to experience. We don’t like to see any of our patients in pain. The reality is there are probably faster and more effective pain relief strategies available to an individual than chiropractic care. That’s not so say that chiropractic care cannot relieve pain, but it may do so indirectly.
Chiropractic care is often interested and focused on what may not be working the way that it should in the body as part of the pain response or condition causing the pain. Treatment is therefore directed at restoring or recovering as much of that function as possible. In that process, relief may follow.
It is good to know that sometimes a body or a person that feels good may not be healthy while a body or person that does not feel good could be very healthy! Understanding the role and benefit of how well a body is functioning is a key part of knowing where or not someone is indeed healthy.
Will I need just a couple of treatments or are you one of those 100 visit doctors?
Sometimes people feel better in just one treatment, other times it can take longer. Sometimes a person is functioning better before they even start feeling better. Everyone’s path to recovery can be different and based on your exam and health history, the chiropractor may be able to somewhat predict what your case may be like. Ultimately, how many visits it takes to not only feel better but to try and function at your best will depend on many factors. And how much of that recovery or treatment you’d like to do it always up to you. There is a difference, however, in how much your body can benefit from say 3 treatments versus 30 versus 103. How long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care for relief or for supporting your daily function is, as mentioned, always up to you.
Why does chiropractic care cost so much?
This is a good question…and very involved regarding its answer. Seemingly, chiropractic care has to cost something! Currently, there is no provincial health coverage for chiropractic care, as there isn’t any for dentistry and many physiotherapy treatments as well. It’s considered an out-of-pocket expense. Some extended benefit plans from various employers do cover chiropractic care and that can help with the portion of the expense.
As always, there is a question of value for the cost. By the time we see most people at the clinic, they have either had a problem for so long and/or their problem involved a significant accident, injury or health change that it is not a matter of one treatment creating a cure. In fact, depending on what the individual’s goal is, there can be a lot of work required to try and recover as much health and function as a person may like. This is different than is often the case when looking at simple symptom abatement or eliminating the pain, etc.
In that respect, chiropractic care can be a significant investment. However, the return on that investment makes it just that…an investment, not an expense. Once improvement is seen, there are strategies to be employed to help maintain that higher level of function for as long as someone is willing to work on supporting their health and wellness.
Can I just see a physiotherapist instead?
Physiotherapy is an effective and well sought after treatment method for many of the same conditions that chiropractic is also known to help. In fact, the two approaches often work well together in creating even better, faster or more effective results.
While both rely on similar modalities in some cases like heat, cold, electrical current and sound waves, they can also both rely on physical therapy, exercises, stretches and the like. Chiropractors, being recognized as doctors by the Regulated Health Professions Act, are also able to convey a diagnosis to a patient regarding their condition. Further, the are perhaps the only profession that purely focuses on the dysfunction found in the joints of the body and spine as sources of health problems. These areas of dysfunction are treated by means of an adjustment, a controlled act, only to be carried out by a licensed and qualified chiropractic provider.
That focus on adjusting areas of dysfunction is what sets chiropractic apart from the other modalities available for the many similar conditions treated by physiotherapy as well as massage therapy, acupuncture, etc. Ensuring proper joint function, especially of the spine, can be a valuable part of a therapeutic approach whether as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with other treatment approaches.
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