Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.1 How Is Chiropractic Adjustment Performed?
- 1.2 Is Chiropractic Adjustment A Safe Procedure?
- 1.3 Does The The Cracking of The Joints Cause Arthritis?
- 1.4 Can Chiropractic Treatment Cure Colds, Earaches And Other Ailments?
- 1.5 Does Chiropractic Treatment Require A Referral From a Medical Doctor?
- 1.6 Is Chiropractic Treatment Appropriate For Children?
- 1.7 Does Chiropractic Treatment Require X-Rays?
- 1.8 Can Chiropractic Treatment Provide A Preventative Function?
Below is a list of questions that are most commonly asked by our patients. If your question is not answered here, please call us at (905) 605-1230 and we can help over the phone.
How Is Chiropractic Adjustment Performed?
A Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during four intensive years of chiropractic education. Our Chiropractor, Dr. Paul Janelle will use his hands to manipulate misaligned joints; particularly those in the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint functioning. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. Dr. Paul Janelle will adapt the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
Is Chiropractic Adjustment A Safe Procedure?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, neck and back pain. As such, it is a low risk therapy. Complications arising from adjustment are rare.
Does The The Cracking of The Joints Cause Arthritis?
When a joint is stretched or misaligned, negative pressure builds in the joint allowing nitrogen and oxygen gas bubbles to form in the joint. When a chiropractor manipulates the joint back into place, these air bubbles may pop, which results in the "cracking" sound. Thus, the "cracking" is just the bursting of an air bubble which is completely harmless. Chiropractic treatments effectively treat arthritis, not cause it.
Can Chiropractic Treatment Cure Colds, Earaches And Other Ailments?
Chiropractic care cannot “cure” these conditions, but there is some evidence to indicate that adjustment may have a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions. Adjustment may alleviate some of the secondary, or referred pain, arising from the response of the musculoskeletal structures to the primary cause. For example, research conducted in Denmark resulted in chiropractic treatment being recommended for the relief of infantile colic. Similarly, a recent U.S. study concluded that the application of manipulative techniques in children with recurring ear infections can prevent or decrease surgical intervention or antibiotic overuse.
Does Chiropractic Treatment Require A Referral From a Medical Doctor?
No. A patient does not have to be referred. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with Medical Doctors. Asking your family doctor to fill out our Referral Form will help Dr. Paul Janelle get a better understanding of your medical history.
Is Chiropractic Treatment Appropriate For Children?
Yes, children may benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle. While there is some clinical evidence that musculoskeletal treatment of infants may have positive effects, well-controlled studies are required to verify the benefits that are seen in clinical practice.
Does Chiropractic Treatment Require X-Rays?
X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient case history and conducting a physical examination. Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics from protection to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.
Can Chiropractic Treatment Provide A Preventative Function?
Clinical experience suggests that individuals with chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) or recurrent neck pain, back pain or headaches may experience less frequent and less severe symptoms when under regular chiropractic care. This also applies to individuals in highly stressful situations and those who experience repetitive physical and postural strain from their daily activities.
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