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Frequently Asked Questions

What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a natural, non-invasive healthcare discipline that specializes in the treatment, assessment, diagnosis and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, bones), and the effects of these disorders on the functions of the nervous system and general health. (World Federation of Chiropractic 2001)
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractors are interested in the relationship between the structure of the spine and the function of the nervous system. The nervous system coordinates all functions of the human body (breathing, circulation, digestion, etc.). Chiropractors will locate areas of misalignment (subluxations) in the spine and correct (adjust) the vertebra into normal position. The adjustment will restore normal alignment and mobility of the spine, take pressure off the nerve and restore normal function. When communication from the brain to the entire body is free from nerve interference, the body is at optimal functioning.
Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
No. Our office uses gentle and effective techniques. Most patients actually report immediate pain relief and increased range of motion following their adjustment.
What treatment techniques are used?
Dr. Moyer uses many different adjustment techniques to fit your specific needs and comfort level. Gentle instrument techniques are used such as the Arthrostim or Activator (see pictures under our services page), as well as hands-on spinal manipulation. (Diversified, Thompson drop table techniques)
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. A New Zealand government inquiry stated chiropractic care is “remarkably safe”. Chiropractic treatment is safer than surgery and drugs, such as muscle relaxants and even aspirin.
Do I need to go to the chiropractor for the rest of my life?
No. The choice is ultimately up to you. There are three reasons people seek chiropractic care.
1) For pain or symptom relief
2) For correction of the underlying cause
3) Wellness or preventative care
Similar to visiting the dentist regularly or tuning up your car, wellness chiropractic care is important for maintaining optimal health and detecting minor problems before they become symptomatic.
Do you need a referral to see a Chiropractor?
No. A Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary contact health care provider, recognized by statue in all Canadian provinces who is licensed to examine and diagnose your condition.
Are Chiropractors "Doctors"?
Yes. Chiropractic is one of only 5 health professionals (dentistry, medicine, optometry, psychology) that can perform and communicate a diagnosis and use the title "Doctor". (Ontario Law RHPA - Regulated Health Professions Act)
What kind of education does a Doctor of Chiropractic have?
A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) has 7-8 years of post secondary education. Minimum of 3 years university as a prerequisite for admissions (2003 acceptance stats: 3.43 GPA, 85% Bachelors 15% Masters) The Doctor of Chiropractic program is 4 years / 4,500 hours at an accredited college. Courses include: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Neuroanatomy, Neurology, Pathology, Radiology, Immunology, Microbiology, Clinical Diagnosis, Nutrition, Laboratory Diagnosis, Chiropractic techniques.
What is an adjustment?
This is a manipulation performed by a skilled Doctor of Chiropractic. The adjustment is a precise and gentle procedure generally done by hand and can be performed by an instrument.
The adjustment improves joint mobility and alignment, takes pressure off the nerve to reduce pain and relieve muscle tension.
What is the popping or cracking sound when an adjustment is performed?
When the spine is adjusted the ligaments and joint capsule are stretched. This increases the space (volume) inside the joint which will decrease the pressure in the joint, causing gases to be released. The release in pressure causes the popping or "cracking" noise.
How does my spine get misaligned?
The first misalignment generally happens during the birthing process. However, there are 3 main causes for misalignments: 1. Physical 2. Emotional 3. Chemical. Examples of physical causes of misalignments include accidents, falls, poor posture and repetitive strain. Emotional causes can be from stress or anger causing excessive muscle tension and chemical causes include drugs, poor nutrition or environmental toxins.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is a term chiropractors use to describe a spinal bone (vertebra) that has lost its normal range of motion and partial fixation has taken place. In other words, the bone is out of its normal alignment. Some chiropractors will use the term "fixation" or "joint dysfunction" to describe a subluxation.
Should I take my child to a Chiropractor? And when?
A child's spine goes through a lot of stress. Starting at birth and continuing as your child begins to sit up, crawl and then walk. A growing spine will acquire poor posture while studying at school, playing video games or carrying a backpack. Not to mention sport injuries. According to OSHA, 40% of children fall on their heads by the age of one, and children fall over 200 times between the ages of 2-5. Chiropractic treatments are modified for infants and children and are very gentle and safe. The activator instrument is usually the preferred approach when adjusting an infant or child and is very comfortable.
Should I see a Chiropractor while I am pregnant?
Yes. It is an effective, safe and drug-free treatment that can be used throughout the pregnancy and is recommended by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Chiropractic care not only can help pregnant women with carpal tunnel syndrome, nausea, back pain, sciatica or leg cramps but can also improve pelvic balance to ensure your baby is in the correct position for birth. Webster technique can be used to help correct breech presentation.
What kind of conditions can Laser Therapy help?
Laser therapy is a very versatile therapeutic treatment modality. Because of how it works to stimulate cellular activity to heal the tissues, it can treat a vast majority of conditions. These include: tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis/golfer's elbow, bursitis, rotator cuff tears, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, knee pain (meniscal tears, ACL injuries), disc bulges, sciatica, osteoarthritis, migraines, skin wounds and ulcers, psoriasis and the list goes on.
How do Orthotics help to relieve back, hip, knee and foot pain?
Custom-made orthotics are designed to keep the bones and arches of your feet in proper alignment. Your feet are the foundation of your body, absorbing shock as you move to protect the spine, pelvis and muscles. Foot problems such as misalignment, instability, flat feet or high arches will lead to postural problems in the entire body. Orthotics will provide support, absorb shock and keep the feet in proper alignment to improve posture.
What can I do at home to reduce the pain and swelling?
Applying ice for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, 10 minutes on, can help to reduce pain and inflammation. Natural supplements such as Serrapeptase, boswellia, curcumin or turmeric can also be helpful to reduce pain and inflammation. Biofreeze (a natural topical analgesic) is another option. All of these are available at the clinic.