Frequently Asked Questions



  • Chiropractic
    Frequently Asked Questions that I hear with regards to Chiropractic and my practice.
  • Is it bad to crack my own back or neck?

    I hear this question often.

    Cracking your neck or back is a bad habit.

    It will not necessarily lead to arthritis or make your knuckles/joints get bigger as per the old wives tale. BUT, you may be constantly cracking your neck or back due to the spinal tension that is building up in your spine.  Typically the joint that releases when cracking your own neck or back is a joint that is moving too much, leaving the actual "stuck" vertebrae in the same place.

    I always suggest to stop the bad habit of cracking your own neck or back and get a specific adjustment that addresses the spinal tension building up in your spine.

    Here is a case study that was in the 2015 Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research of a 17 year old boy who was self-manipulating causing himself more problems. After specific Chiropractic adjustments he was able to improve his health.

    Efficacy of Chiropractic Adjustments versus Self-Manipulation of the Lumbar Spine in a 17-year-old Male with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Case Study

    If you are cracking your own neck or back, Chiropractic is for you!

  • Do Chiropractors have Medical Degrees?

    No, Chiropractors do not have medical degrees.

    Chiropractors receive their degrees from specialized colleges that focus on Chiropractic education.

    People are often surprised to hear that it requires at least 7 years of post secondary training in order to become a Chiropractor. 3-4 years of University Training and then 4 years of Chiropractic education.

    I went to Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

    The Chiropractic education is similar to Medical education in the basic sciences, but then different in the practical training.  The Chiropractic education is similar to Medical education in the basic sciences, but then different in the practical training.  Whereas Medical students train heavily in medications, Chiropractic students train heavily in the physical aspect of encouraging proper alignment and function of a body.

    Other colleges that are worth investigating if you are a student is Life Chiropractic College West, and New Zealand Chiropractic College.

  • Can you tell if you have a subluxation on your own?

    Generally, you can't tell if you have a subluxation on your own.

    Subluxations, or spinal nerve pressure created by misaligned spinal bones, can be likened to a dental cavity.  Dental cavities can develop over time without you noticing and will impact your oral hygiene.  The same goes with a subluxation in your spine affecting your nerve system and spinal hygiene.

    Just like how people visit dentists to support oral hygiene and identify/correct cavities - People visit Chiropractors to support spinal hygiene and identify/correct subluxations.

    That is similar to Chiropractors checking your spine for subluxations. Chiropractors are highly trained in supporting your spinal hygiene and identify/correct problems developing in your spine.

    However, with regular Chiropractic care people often become very spine conscious and are much more able to identify obvious subluxations in their spines.

    Being more in tune with your body is a great thing and allows you to work towards a longer, more comfortable, and active life.

    Some subluxations are not obvious and slowly progress over time.

    Some subluxations are not obvious and slowly progress over time.  For that reason it is advisable to have a regular spinal check-up. Especially if you want the best spinal hygiene for you and your family!

     

  • What causes the noise of an adjustment?

    What causes the noise of an adjustment?

    This is a good question but doesn't apply to all Chiropractic adjusting techniques.

    The technique that I am trained in, Activator Methods, does not create the type of sound that most people would describe as a "cracking" noise.  The sounds that are usually heard from my adjusting rooms are the clicking sound of the activator, which sounds similar to a staple gun, as well as the sound of the hydraulic table going up and down.  Once a new patient sees what the sounds are coming from, they are pleasantly surprised.

    Occasionally your body will create a cracking sound due to movement of the joints.

    This sound, which is called a "cavitation", is actually gas releasing from the joints.  Since the spine has many moving parts, cracking noises do occur naturally as joints move into and out of position throughout your day.

    Sometimes the body will create a grinding noise,

    which can be heard. This noise is called "crepitus".  This noise tells me that the joints in your body are not coordinated well and are grinding.  Typically this is heard and felt in the neck or jaw but can be noticed in any joint.

    Chiropractic adjustments will help to encourage proper coordination of your joints as well as reduce nerve interference that the joints are creating.

  • How long does a spinal adjustment take?

    It usually takes just a few minutes up to 15 minutes for me to check and adjust someone's spine.

    This does depend on how well I know someone and the condition of their spine.

     

  • Can a person who had back surgery see a Chiropractor?

    Yes.

    Many people who have had back surgeries often find themselves back to the same problems they originally had before the surgery - what they call "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome".  People in this situation often find help through Chiropractic.  Usually, Chiropractic care can save them from future operations. It can also support them towards better function and reduced nerve interference.

  • Can Chiropractic prevent back surgery?

    In the majority of cases the answer is a resounding YES!

  • What is the youngest age for Chiropractic care?

    There is no age limit!

    Chiropractic adjustments are surprisingly gentle. I have adjusted newborns during their first days as well as people into their 100th years.

    Newborns need to be checked due to the strain that is put on them during the birth process.  For most people, this is where the first subluxation occurs.

    Infants need to be checked due to their body's quickly growing, learning, and falling.

    Children need to be checked due to their body's growing and put under strain from school, sports, and poor postures.

     

    We all want the best health for our children.

    A Chiropractic check up will ensure the health of future generations!

  • Can I go only once?

    Of course.

    Once is better than never.

    Sometimes a spinal problem may be due to nothing more than a slight spinal misalignment rather than long standing spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation). In that case one visit may be all that's needed. But Chiropractic is really more than a glorified Tylenol.

    It is best to listen to the advice and care plan that I suggest of you in order to get the best results.

    But you are responsible for your health. I am only here to help and support you towards a longer, more comfortable, and active life.

  • What will happen if I stop going?

    Spinal stress will continue to build up as before, especially if you don't change the factors that were creating it.

    This build up of spinal nerve stress gets reduced with the help of Chiropractic care, much like a releasing some air out of a balloon.  If you keep filling your balloon up with air without letting some of the air out, eventually the air does "pop" the balloon.

    I am here to help you throughout your life to encourage you to live towards a longer, more comfortable, and active life.  If you want my help, Chiropractic is for you!

  • Is Chiropractic care addicting?

    It would be great if it was!

    If it was addicting, there would be a lot less sick people! Also, I wouldn't get patients stopping in who haven't had an adjustment for 4 years as their back "didn't go out until now".

    Most of my patients become more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of periodic Chiropractic care. They also become more in tune with their bodies and sleep better.  I think this is a good thing! If you do too, then Chiropractic is for you!

    Remember that you are responsible for your own health. If you don't want to continue working towards a longer, more comfortable, and active life, then stop getting your spine checked.