FAQs

Read the answers to the some of my most frequently asked questions (FAQs):

If you have any other questions about chiropractic or how I can help you, contact me.

 Can you help me?

In general, I treat

  • Headache
  • Neck and back pain
  • Upper and lower limb pain, for example, shoulder injuries and sciatica
  • Postural faults
  • Biomechanical faults of the ankles and feet corrected by custom orthotics

See Common problems for examples of the types of problems I regularly treat and learn how I treat your problems.

Is chiropractic effective and is it safe?

The Canadian Chiropractic Association states: “Few (if any) other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic spinal manipulation, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. Furthermore, few other health care professions have been as thoroughly researched as chiropractic.”

The issue of stroke and neck manipulation has received media attention. For more information about this issue, read the article Spinal manipulation and stroke.

I perform the appropriate investigations to determine if you are a good candidate for therapy in terms of patient safety and likelihood of success. As well, I’ll provide the best treatment according to your individual condition.

If you are not a good candidate for chiropractic care, I’ll refer you to the appropriate health care provider.

Will it hurt?

I endeavor to make every treatment as comfortable as possible by applying the appropriate therapies according to your condition and comfort level. Usually, treatment is comfortable and you can feel positive results right away, especially in terms of decreased pain and increased mobility.

Keep in mind that the soft tissues surrounding your joints—the joint capsule, ligaments, tendons, muscles—can become contracted, fibrous, or tender when irritated. During or after joint manipulation, or any other form of manual therapy, these tissues may occasionally feel tender. This tenderness usually passes quickly.

What are those “cracking” noises during therapy?

During joint manipulation, mobilization, or even stretching, you may hear “cracking” or “popping” sounds. These sounds are generated when a cavity is formed and filled with gases released from your joint fluid during distraction (separation) of the joint surfaces. For more information on manipulative therapies, see the article Joint manipulative therapies.

How long will it take to get better?

Time for recovery and return to full function depends on many factors such as your particular condition and its severity and your level of involvement in the healing process.

It is important to keep in mind that pain is usually the last symptom to appear and the first to go away. While your symptoms may decrease dramatically within your first few treatments, the underlying cause of the pain is not usually fully resolved. Therefore, it is important to follow your personally tailored treatment plan.

Once I start going will I always have to keep going?

No. Once your agreed upon treatment plan is complete and you have reached maximum therapeutic benefit (MTB), you will be discharged from care. At this point you may elect to see me periodically for additional care as required and desired.

Some patients choose to make periodic chiropractic therapy part of their ongoing health regime, similar to massage therapy.

How much will it cost?

OHIP does not cover the cost of chiropractic treatment; however, private insurance plans often provide substantial assistance. Contact your insurance provider for more information. Generally, you pay me directly and then you seek reimbursement from your insurance company. If you are injured at work, you may be eligible for coverage by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Do I need a referral?

You don’t need a referral to see me or any chiropractor for treatment. While most patients initiate contact directly, some are referred by other health care providers.

For custom foot orthotics to be covered by your supplemental health insurance, you may need a prescription from your medical doctor or foot care specialist. Contact your health plan benefits coordinator.

Will I have to work on my own too?

As my patient, you are required to take responsibility for your own health. The first and most important step to recovery is seeking help, the next big step is to follow the home care guidance I’ve recommended. Depending on your condition, I’ll assign you you specific stretches, strengthening exercises, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes. These activities are designed to reduce your dependence on passive therapy and improve your quality of life.