What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of the health sciences which focuses upon the body’s neuromusculoskeletal system. A chiropractor is concerned with how your body’s skeletal and nervous system is functioning. Since your nervous system determines how well you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally, many problems you are experiencing may be related to a problem with your spine and nervous system.

Commonly treated conditions at MOVE

• Back pain • Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Neck pain • Repetitive strain injuries
• Sciatica • Disc herniation
• Headaches • Knee pain
• Jaw pain • Thoracic outlet syndrome
• Shoulder pain • Plantar fasciitis
• Golfer & tennis elbow • & many more conditions
• Whiplash  

What should I expect on my first chiropractic visit?

Your first visit will take about 30 to 45 minutes. Your chiropractor will ask you questions about your current issue as well as ask you questions about your general health history. An examination will be done which will include various movement tests to discover where your difficulty is coming from. The chiropractor will then explain what they have found out and what the plan of action will be. Most likely your treatment will include manipulation which is a hand on treatment that increases the movement in restricted joints. The increased movement will help your pain go down. Depending on your complaint you may also receive ultrasound therapy or interferential current therapy designed to help alleviate pain as well. You will be given some homework to do usually some basic exercises and an ice therapy routine.

How often do I have to see the chiropractor?

Each patient is different with regards to how their body heals. Most patients see the chiropractor frequently over the first 2 weeks usually 3 times per week then decreasing over subsequent weeks. Many patients continue to visit the chiropractor once every 4-6 weeks to maintain a healthy movement within their joints.

What is the noise I hear with manipulation?

The noise that you hear is a sudden release of gas from the joint as it is quickly moves. The noise is not breaking or dislocation of the joints. The manipulation is a perfectly safe and normal movement on the joints.

Are my treatments covered by OHIP or health insurance?

OHIP does not cover any of the cost of chiropractic care. In most cases your extended health insurance will cover a portion or up to a maximum amount for your treatments. You are given a statement from the clinic after you pay that you can summit to your insurance.

Can I see the chiropractor for an injury from a car accident?

You may go to the chiropractor to receive treatment for injuries from a car accident; you do not need a doctor’s referral. You will have some paper work from your insurance company to fill out about the accident. The chiropractor will submit a treatment plan to your insurance company requesting a number of treatments for your injury. In this case the insurance company pays the clinic directly.

Can I see the chiropractor if I was injured at work?

You are able to see a chiropractor after a work place injury. You do not need a doctor’s referral. You will be required to fill in paper work at your place of employment with regards to the accident. The chiropractor will fill in paper work and submit to WSIB. In most cases your plan is approved by WSIB.

Can I see a chiropractor for pain not in my back or neck?

You can see a chiropractor for a variety of issues not only back and neck pain. Some of the other complaints treated by the chiropractor include athletic injuries, foot pain, knee pain, other joint pain, headaches, pregnancy related back pain, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff injuries. These are a few of the many complaints that a chiropractor can treat.