Dr. Justin Guy

Oakville Chiropractor

 

Chiropractic

Injury, aging, and daily wear-and-tear bring discomfort to limbs, backs and joints. Pain is the body’s signal that something is not right.  Modern chiropractic uses tested methods to restore vitality to joints, muscles and nerves.

Will I receive treatment on the first visit?

In most cases, treatment will be provided on the first visit.  Following a thorough assessment of your condition and state of health, if further diagnostic testing is needed or multiple body regions require assessment, then treatment on the first visit may not be possible.  If you are experiencing severe pain, then every effort will be made to provide you with immediate therapy to ease your symptoms.  

I'm in pain. Should I go see a Chiropractor or Physiotherapist? What's the difference?

Regardless of the region of your body the pain is in, what type of pain you're experiencing or how the pain started, either profession should be able to help you.  Chiropractors and Physiotherapists have nearly identical scopes of practice; meaning that they are trained to care for the same patient populations.  Although, within each profession lies much variance in practice style and competence levels.  Be less concerned with your therapists profession and more concerned in finding someone caring, knowledgeable and experienced.

Do I have to get an adjustment?

An adjustment can be an extremely effective procedure; releasing range of motion, easing muscle tension, calming nerves and restoring health to your joints.  If deemed beneficial in your specific case, it will be recommended.  Although, it is merely one of many treatment modalities.  If you are uncomfortable with any component to your therapy (e.g. an adjustment to your neck) there are always numerous alternatives. Together we will build a program of therapy that is both effective and that you are comfortable with.

Will I have X-rays taken?

X-rays may be taken if deemed necessary, following your assessment.  They may be an important component to ruling in or ruling out a potential diagnosis.  In most cases, they are not required.

Will it hurt?

No.  The treatment provided will not be painful.  With that said, some advanced soft tissue therapy techniques may be necessary to release severe muscle tension and break down scar tissue. In these cases, some tenderness may be experienced.  If you prefer less pressure and pain-free treatment ... not a problem.  The therapy is designed to best suit your condition and your comfort level. 

What's the "cracking" sound during an adjustment?

Let's start by clearing this up: it is not your bones cracking.  When an adjustment takes place, a small gap in the joint space is formed. This rapid drop in pressure, within the joint, causes dissolved gases in the joint's fluid to change state, creating tiny bubbles within the joint space.  The formation of these bubbles creates an audible sound.

Will I need to do exercises?

In many cases, a properly designed therapeutic exercise program is a vital component to therapy.  Following this program may provide relief from symptoms and help to rebuild a foundation of stability and strength that resists future injury.  We are all built with incredible physical capabilities.  Use it or lose it.  Regardless of injury, we should all incorporate a proper exercise regimen into our everyday lifestyles.  Just like proper nutrition, our health depends on it.

How many treatments will I need?

Each concern is individually assessed.  Depending on the severity of the condition, lifestyle factors and patient goals, a prognosis and plan of management will be derived.  The number of treatments necessary to achieve a patient's goals may range from a couple visits to continuous maintenance visits, it all depends on the factors at hand.

Is this covered by OHIP?

No.  Although, most people will be covered under their extended health benefits plan.  Call your benefits provider to find out what your coverage limits are.

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