FAQs

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Is chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free discipline meaning that the risks associated with it are very low. Adverse effects are very rare and your chiropractor will assess you individually for any risks before commencing treatment. It is a low risk therapy; complications arising from adjustment are rare. Research continues to support the safety and efficacy of Chiropractic treatment.

Will I have to remove my clothes for a chiropractic treatment?

Depending on the area being treated, it may be necessary to remove some clothing. We only remove clothes if necessary, and we provide gowns for patients to wear if needed. However, most treatments do not require removal of clothing.

What is the cracking sound?
Chiropractic treatment involves the manipulation of joints, with the goal of decreasing pain by improving movement and function within that joint. When a joint is adjusted (moved), there is a natural change in the internal pressure of that joint. This change results in the release of gas normally dissolved in the fluid which lubricates the joint. The release of this gas may produce a "crack" or "pop" sound similar to that produced when you open a can of soda.

What can I expect on my first visit?

Prior to meeting with the Chiropractor, you will be asked to complete a New Patient Form. Using this form as a guide, you and the Chiropractor will discuss your health history in detail. This will be followed by a full physical examination. Your Chiropractor will then decide if further testing, such as x-rays or blood work, is required. You will then be presented with a report of findings, outlining your specific problem, treatment options, and prognosis. Questions are always welcome. Your first visit includes time to initiate treatment if you decide Chiropractic care is right for you. At the close of the visit, you will be given a few specific instructions to help make achieving your goal easier.




How soon will I feel better?

This is one of the most common questions we are asked. To provide you with realistic expectations, many factors affecting your recovery time must be taken into consideration.


What type of education does a chiropractor have?

Chiropractors are trained as primary health care practitioners with an emphasis on diagnosing and treating neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions. To obtain a doctor of chiropractic degree you are required to have a minimum of 3 years post-graduate education with a further 4 years of study at a recognized chiropractic institute. There are two institutes in Canada, and more than half of all Chiropractors practicing in Canada have graduated from one of these two schools with the remainder studying in the USA or abroad.

Do I need a referral to see a Chiropractor?
No, Chiropractors are primary contact health care professionals in all provinces of Canada. A patient does not need a referral to book an appointment and can consult him/her directly.



Is Chiropractic covered by Alberta Health Care?

No, Chiropractic is not covered by Alberta Health Care. However, the Workers Compensation Board and most employer and third party insurance plans cover Chiropractic services. Contact your insurance provider for coverage details and you can visit www.finance.alberta.ca for a complete and up-to-date alphabetical listing of Insurance Companies Operating in Alberta.









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