What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care focuses on restoring and maintaining the health of your joints, muscles and nerves through the use of an adjustment. A spinal adjustment can restore normal movement, relieve pain and stimulate higher function of your brain and nervous system resulting in a renewed sense of vitality.

At Great Lakes, we practice state of the art chiropractic techniques to maximize spinal correction and help people live a healthier, pain free and stress free life.

1Will the chiropractor give me a spinal adjustment on the first visit?
Whether the patient receives an adjustment on the first visit is left to the discretion of the examining chiropractor. It depends on the examination findings and the patient's previous experience with chiropractic. There is always some form of treatment given if you are in severe pain.
2Is chiropractic care covered by OHIP?
Chiropractic services are not covered under OHIP. However many extended health plans do cover a portion of chiropractic services.
3What is the "cracking" noise I hear during an adjustment?
When a chiropractor adjusts or physically moves a bone, a pressure difference is created within the synovial joint. Gases released cause an audible sound to be heard. The bones themselves are not breaking or cracking!
4How long do the adjustments take?
The first visit lasts approximately 45 minutes. This allows time for the history taking and chiropractic examination. Each subsequent visit lasts approximately 10 - 15 minutes.
5Does chiropractic care hurt?
Yes and no. There may be some discomfort because of an injury to the muscle, Inflamed and strained muscles may feel sore after or during a treatment. The overall effect though, is to help you feel more relaxed and pain free!
6Do I need a prescription or a referral from my medical doctor in order to see a chiropractor?
No! And since chiropractic is a drugless practice, we do not prescribe either. We do, however, carry health products such as vitamins and mineral supplements. Every Ontario resident is entitled to chiropractic care without a medical prescription.
7How long will I need chiropractic care?
The length of time you are under chiropractic care varies among individuals. After the chiropractor completes your physical assessment and reads your X-rays, your diagnosis and Treatment Plan will be recommended to you in your Report of Findings.
8Will the chiropractor recommend exercises for me?
Along with your Treatment Plan, your chiropractor will recommend alternatives to care, exercises and changes to your present lifestyle during your Report of Findings.

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