Whether you are at home, work or out and about, normal daily living puts strain on your body. Furthermore, overuse, injuries from sports and accidents are other culprits that can affect the spine, muscles and nervous system.
The aforementioned contributing factors can lead to a condition called Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC). This is when the normal motion of the spinal joint becomes restricted resulting in irritation of the nerves and other tissues within the spinal segment. Left uncorrected, VSC can lead to abnormal biomechanics and consequently symptoms such as pain and impaired functions.
Another concerning consequence of the VSC is Immobilization Degeneration. Research indicates that a joint that has lost its normal movement will begin degenerating at a rate measurable within one week of onset, and will continue, often painlessly, until significant deterioration has occurred or a sudden significant biomechanical stress creates an acute injury.
Chiropractic is a hands-on, non-invasive, drugless health care discipline that specializes in detecting VSC and correcting spinal joint motion to restore proper movement, thereby alleviating pain and dysfunction.
At our clinic, in addition to treating acute and chronic pain, we also focus on health maintenance. Using rehabilitative exercises and lifestyle recommendations which promote health, we help patients lead an active and vibrant life!
Techniques We Use
Our Chiropractors use a number of highly-effective adjusting techniques and modalities to help improve spinal biomechanics. The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
This is the foundational and most commonly used adjustment technique by chiropractors. It is characterized by a quick (high-velocity) and shallow (low-amplitude) manual thrust over restricted joints to restore proper movement and alignment of spine and joint dysfunction.
A variation of the diversified technique, this system of spinal correction make use of leg length analysis and specialized drop table to deliver the adjustment. Applying theories of physics, the use of table drop pieces assists the thrust, while minimizing the force required for the adjustment.
Impulse Instrument Adjusting
This patented and FDA registered device with built-in micro-computer circuitry was specifically created to deliver gentle and precise chiropractic adjustments to the joints. The measured and directed thrust is many times faster than is possible by hand, so less force needed.
Torque Release Technique
A system of spinal correction which combines the best of existing chiropractic techniques and principles, quantum physics and the body-mind connection. Correction is performed using a handheld torque and recoil release adjusting instrument known as the “Integrator”.
Motorized Lumbar Disc Traction
A motorized traction table is used to facilitate treatment of herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, and many other back conditions. Spinal traction is a form of decompression therapy which has become a widely used non-surgical approach to treating back pain.
Cold Laser Therapy
The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy, called photons, to damaged cells. Photons absorbed by the cells through laser therapy stimulate the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP energy which is used to transform live cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state.
Initial Consultation and Examination $70
X-Rays (dependent on # of views) $30 to $70
Subsequent Chiropractic Treatment $45
Subsequent Chiropractic Treatment $40
(seniors age 65 and over,
youth age 12 and under)
Have a Question?
What is chiropractic and how does it work?One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is an evidence-based, non-invasive, hands-on natural approach to health and wellness care. Doctors of Chiropractic do not use drugs or chemicals; instead they manually correct restricted or misaligned spinal joints by performing an “adjustment”, also known as spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). When one or more of the spinal joints have lost their normal range of movement, the resulting irritation of tissues within the joint can cause pain and lead to biomechanical impairment. This condition is known as a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC). Left uncorrected, VSC can lead to early spinal degeneration and poor health. Chiropractic care corrects subluxations and thus reducing any pain or dysfunction related to irritation of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. According to the Canadian Chiropractic Association, about 4.7 million Canadians sought Chiropractic care in 2019.
What is a chiropractic adjustment and is it safe?A chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise procedure applied manually to a spinal joint to restore proper motion and position. There are many different ways to adjust the spine. The primary method is to use the doctor’s hands. Other techniques involve the use of a specialized instrument or table. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively and is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neck and back pain, and certain headaches. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk. Our doctors work closely with patients to determine what treatment options appropriately balance risks with potential benefits. Comprehensive initial histories and examinations allow us to rule out any contraindication to care. On rare occasion, if a patient’s medical history and/or current health suggests greater risks versus benefits to obtain chiropractic care, we would recommend other available natural therapies such as acupuncture or massage.
When should I see a chiropractor?Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider. Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, etc. Many patients including, seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available. There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?Chiropractic care can: Improve movement and function in your neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities Improve your posture Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries Improve your flexibility and range of motion Relieve pregnancy-related back ache Correct gait and foot problems
How long before I see results?There is no way to say for sure, because so much depends on your vitality and whether your condition is acute or chronic. Some patients enjoy results quickly. Others notice a slow decline in their symptoms after several weeks. For others it takes even longer. Age, lifestyle, amount of spinal degeneration present, ergonomics, and emotional stress all play a role in how fast or slow someone responds to care. The people that tend to respond very quickly to care usually also practice other good health habits, like a properly balanced diet with good nutrition along with exercise and getting enough sleep. It’s impossible to predict but rest assured that we will keep you up-to-date on your progress while you’re under care.
How long will I have to come for treatment?It completely depends on you and what your goals are for treatment. Our clinic offers three types of care: Relief Care: We focus on dealing with symptoms, reducing the inflammation and increasing the mobility of stiff areas in the spine. This portion of the care is superficial and only touches the top layer of the problem. If you merely want symptom relief, you come only for as long as it takes to get out of pain, which might be 6-12 visits. Sometimes that number is less, sometimes that number is more. Corrective Care: This is where we actually start to correct the spine and progress into rehabilitation (stretches and exercises). This is extremely important to one’s care since it allows us to work on the root cause of the problem. As symptoms reduce or disappears, the focus is restoring and maintaining proper joint motion and alignment, strengthening muscles and supportive tissues and postural correction. This is a more permanent approach and of course takes more time to achieve. Maintenance/Wellness Care: This is where we move into maintaining your progress. Regular adjustments promote proper spinal alignment and nervous system function. As things are under control, we now look at the big picture to “optimize” your health. We look into nutritional factors, amount of exercise, sleep pattern, levels of stress and coping mechanisms, the whole works! This type of care is part of a healthy lifestyle and designed for those who want to be at their best. From pain relief to wellness, the choice is yours how far you want to take your health.
Can children get chiropractic care?Definitely. We have adjusted babies and every stage of life from there on. Naturally there are changes in the techniques that are utilized but we find that children respond particularly well to Chiropractic care.
What if my insurance doesn't cover chiropractic care?Your health is your best investment, so invest wisely. Each of us is free to place a different value on our health. While it is convenient when an insurance company or third party helps pay the bill, you should keep in mind that whether your insurance will or will not cover your costs should not be the only factor that goes into your choice to accept Chiropractic care. Don’t allow the profit motive of a corporation to dictate what’s best for your health.