Daily life stresses can cause a condition known as vertebral subluxation complex (VSC). This is when a spinal segment gets locked up or a vertebra becomes misaligned resulting in irritation of the nerves and other tissues within the joint.
Left uncorrected, VSC can lead to early spinal degeneration and impairment of the vital communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Chiropractic adjustments correct subluxations and thus reducing any pain or symptoms of ill health related to irritation of the musculoskeletal and nervous system.
Each year millions of people are using this natural, drug-free healthcare system in the world. What is it about this natural approach to healthcare that makes it so popular? It’s simple: chiropractic helps people recover from disability faster and minimize the use of drugs and surgery so that they can function better physically and emotionally. Many who choose a chiropractic lifestyle report more vitality and life enjoyment!
Techniques We Use
Dr. Andre and Dr. Thao use a number of highly-effective adjusting techniques and modalities to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
Initial Consultation and Examination $70
X-Rays (dependent on # of views) $30 to $70
Subsequent Chiropractic Treatment $43
Subsequent Chiropractic Treatment $38
(seniors over age 65 and over,
Subsequent Chiropractic Treatment $25
(children age 12 and under)
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Frequently Asked Questions
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).
Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord, and out to every body cell via the nerves that exit through the spinal column. Then signals are sent back to the brain to help the control centre make appropriate adjustments necessary to maintain optimal health.
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, mobility restriction and impairment of the vital communication between the brain and body. 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 symptoms of ill health 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. Almost 2.7 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.
What is a chiropractic adjustment and is it safe?
A chiropractic adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement applied manually to a joint of the body 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 headache, and neck and back pain. 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. Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, on occasion some may experience temporary side-effects such as minor soreness that is short-lived.
In our office we use a variety of adjusting techniques that are comfortable and effective. Furthermore, a thorough initial examination will allow us to determine if your condition is a candidate for chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care discipline.
How do you get misalignment or stuck joints in your spine?
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. Just like your teeth, your car, if you start taking care and maintaining things early on, they will function better and last longer. A healthy spine and nervous system from an early age sets up the path for optimal health for years to come.
Is a chiropractic adjustment of the neck safe?
Almost half of us experience some kind of neck pain at least once a year. Persistent or recurrent neck pain is reported by an estimated 50–85% of patients one to five years after initial onset. Twenty-seven percent of patients seeking chiropractic treatment report neck or cervical problems. Thus, treatment of neck pain is an integral part of chiropractic practice.
Chiropractic has been proven safe and effective for a range of conditions including neck pain. 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 therapies such as acupuncture or massage.
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.
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