Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I need a direct referral to visit a chiropractor?
No, you do not need a direct referral. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly.
However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors or other appropriate health care providers when necessary.
Is it normal to have a reaction following an adjustment?
In the course of having your spinal misalignments adjusted, you may experience certain reactions. The most common is a sense of well-being and exhilaration. This is a result of the stress and the pressure being removed from your nervous system, allowing it to function normally again.
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. Do not become alarmed if you do experience this type of reaction. It is a natural tissue response to an adjustment and does not happen often or last long and it is actually a good sign.
You must keep in mind that the area we are adjusting has become a habit for you; a part of your everyday life. You may experience some reactions as we try to correct this habit of yours. It is to be expected and welcomed should it occur.
Most reactions of this type will subside quickly and you will notice the difference that a properly functioning nervous system and body will make in your life.
Will I need to have x-rays taken?
X-rays can be helpful, but are not required in every patient’s case.
One common part of a chiropractic assessment involves palpating the spine to assess the position and the movement of the spine. X-rays are helpful for determining how long a problem has been present. X-rays can also help determine the type of chiropractic care you may need, based on previous trauma, age, and other factors.
We will determine if X-rays are necessary, once we review your health history and examine your spine. X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined, after reviewing a patient’s case history and conducting a physical examination.
Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in radiology, covering a full range of topics from protection to x-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.
Will my insurance pay for chiropractic care?
Insurance coverage varies for chiropractic care. Most Ontario insurance plans will reimburse you for a portion of your fees. However, most have a limit on what they will pay, and do not pay for full corrective care programs.
What kind of education and training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment.
Preparation for the practice of chiropractic care is concentrated on three areas:
- Basic training in the biological and health sciences
- Specialized training in the chiropractic discipline
- Extensive clinical training
Becoming a chiropractor in Canada requires a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education, including no less than 4 years of full-time classroom and clinical instruction at an institution approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada.
Is chiropractic care an evidence-based discipline?
Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science. Few other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic adjustments, both in terms of safety and effectiveness.
There have been at least six formal government studies into chiropractic worldwide over the last 25 years and all have concluded that contemporary chiropractic care is safe, effective, cost-effective, and have recommended public funding for chiropractic services.
In addition, there have been countless scientific clinical studies assessing the appropriateness, effectiveness, and/or cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation or chiropractic manipulation, most notably for low back pain.
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) now offers research grants in partnership with the Canadian Chiropractic Association to chiropractors and other scientists for high quality, chiropractic research.
What do you eat?
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- Water with sea salt or ½ of a lime juice or ½ of a lemon juice.
- Fatty or Bulletproof coffee (1-2 tablespoons grass-fed butter, 2-4 tablespoons Brain Octane/MCT oil) occasionally add 1 tablespoon Nutiva palm oil*, dash of cayenne, dash or cinnamon.
- Fatty shake: coconut milk, avocado, pre-soaked chia seeds, hemp seeds (ground as I use like coffee), ¼ cup of any berry (frozen or fresh), handful of spinach or kale, 1 tablespoon of coconut or red palm oil, 1 tsp of grass-fed butter, scoop of whey or pea protein.
- Bacon/sausage/sausage patties with 2-4 eggs, with avocado, cheese, tomatoes, cooked greens with butter
- (2-3x/wk): traditional yerba mate (I am a proud Uruguayan!) or green tea, or coffee
- Everything but the kitchen sink salad’ with a palm-sized protein (grass-fed steak, wild sockeye salmon, avocado, seeds, nuts, feta or goat cheese, topped with 4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon MCT oil and 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and/or balsamic, sea salt to taste.
- Often I make a dip/blend with hot peppers, avocado, avocado oil, MCT oi, olive oil, fresh garlic, sea salt. This helps me increase the relative fat in my diet
- Smaller salad, protein (grass-fed beer, lamb, chicken, pork) with dip (see above), asparagus or broccoli with generous amount of butter, and/or sweet potato fries, and/or sweet potato/carrot mash (made with broth), and red vino and sparkling water.
What exercise do you do?
- Crossfit 3 times per week
- Walk/run kids to school 3 days per week
- 1 long 10-20km run every other week
- Mobility work 10-20 minutes daily
- Long walks 1-3 days per week with family
- With kids overhead squats, push-ups, bar hang/ burpees for screen time
Where do you buy your food?
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What do your kids eat?
Same as me, with slightly more carbohydrates.
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