Frequently Asked Questions
- What is that "Popping/Clicking" Noise during an Adjustment: an adjustment/manipulation is a specialized techniques used to restore proper motion to a joint. When a joint gets very tight it builds up pressure and when we manipulate the joint the pressure (gas) is released like in a wine bottle and you hear a small pop.
- Will it Hurt? Generally there is a sense of relief with an adjustment due to the pressure release. There may be some mild discomfort with some manipulations or if you are very sensitive due to an injury.
- I'm a bit nervous of the Adjustments, do I need one if I come in? No, I use a number of techniques to restore motion to a joint including mobilizing, muscle energy released and more. The progress is normally quicker with a manipulation but other techniques will normally get the job done in time. Most people that have never had an adjustment and are nervous come out after wondering why they were so nervous in the first place but there will be no pressure placed on you to have an adjustment.
- What is the Difference between a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist: This is a loaded question but I will attempt to answer it. There are many similarities in education and training but in general Chiropractors are known more for manipulation of joints, which most other professions are not qualified to perform. Many Chiropractors use manipulation almost exclusively for treatment to restore normal joint motion. I follow a different approach and use manipulation only as one component of treatment. I combine it with soft tissue/muscle release & movement retraining, which are more similar to what a physiotherapist will often use. So I operate like a bit of a hybrid, which is a bit unusual. I really feel that both approaches have great components and I do my best to combine them to deliver a more complete service to my patients.
- How Long Will I Need to Come for Treatment? That depends on the injury but it is my goal to get you moving better throughout your body so that you will not be reliant on treatment in the long term. Getting you moving well can take time and effort on both our parts at the start, but if you are willing to put in effort at home movement can change dramatically. On average most patients come to me between 5 and 10 visits but this varies depending on the problem. People don't tend to get injured much when they keep up their good habits and exercises, although many of them do come in a few times a year to check their progress, get loosened out and continue to advance their exercises.
- I've had surgery. Can I still have Treatment? Absolutely, as long as it wasn't a couple of weeks ago. It's very important to retrain your muscle control and movements after surgery and restore motion to some key areas. Techniques may be altered but treatment is extremely safe and beneficial post surgery.
- I have thinning bones (osteoporosis) can I still have treatment? Yes, absolutely, treatment will be much more gentle around your ribs and middle spine but otherwise it will generally be the same.
- Can you do anything for Arthritis: for sure, arthritis is damage to the joint and it's very important to do work to improve movement in the joint itself but also to ensure joints above and below it are working better: for instance if it's in the knees we need to ensure hips, lower back, ankle are working well and also work on the hip itself to keep what motion is there and reduce muscle tension.
- Do You Treat Children: I don't treat infants but I will absolutely do work with children over approximately 7-8 years of age. Most of what I help with in kids is if they're not developing physically as we would like; very flat feet, knock knees, flared ribs, no abdominal muscles, hunched forward. There can be some fundamental core, breathing and other issues which must be addressed to restore proper development and huge differences can be achieved, the most difficult part is getting the child to do their exercises and change some habits