What kind of training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors are required to have 8 years of post-secondary schooling to obtain their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Chiropractors complete comparable training to medical doctors while also putting more hours into their training and clinics before graduation. Chiropractors spend most of their time studying health and how it relates to a properly functioning spine and nervous system.
Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt in fact most patients report they are enjoyable. The only time you will experience pain is if you come into the office at the beginning in excruciating pain. When you are in that bad of shape, even basic movements like walking and bending are painful.
Sometimes patients will report some discomfort of muscle stiffness after their first few adjustments, but once their body is able to get used to the better movement that goes away.
Chiropractic care is much like going to the gym. If your spine is not use to moving and now it suddenly is, the muscles will become a little sore and stiff until your body adapts to it.
If I see a chiropractor once, do I have to continue?
Most patients will choose to continue with care as a proactive measure to keep their spine, nervous system and posture in check. There are four phases of care in our office and each individual patient will always decide what works best for them.
Do I need a referral from a medical doctor?
Chiropractors are primary health care professionals and do not need a referral.
My medical doctor or physiotherapist said I should not see a chiropractor. Can I still go?
Medical doctors or physiotherapists take an extensive amount of schooling in their own specialities. It is not in their scope of practice to give recommendations on chiropractic, a distinct speciality and training.
Chiropractors also do not determine if you should not see another health care provider. In our office, we work closely with medical doctors, massage therapists and other practitioners to ensure you, the patient, receive the best care.