If you haven’t experienced chiropractic care before, we understand that you may have questions. Here, you’ll find answers to many common inquiries. Our team is here to field any other concerns you may have.
What is chiropractic?
The philosophy of chiropractic is based on the fact that your body self-heals and self-regulates as controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The vertebrae of the spine, which the nerves travel through, can become misaligned, resulting in a malfunction in the body.
Dr. Ali restores your innate healing abilities by aligning the spine through chiropractic adjustments, removing nerve interference from the misaligned vertebrae so your nervous system can function optimally.
What type of education is required to be a chiropractor?
Today’s education curriculum is similar to that in medical school with an emphasis on neurology, anatomy, nutrition, biomechanics, X-ray, diagnosis, physiology and spinal adjusting. In total, postgraduate education requires a minimum of seven years and demanding provincial and national boards must be passed.
Is chiropractic safe?
In a New Zealand study performed by the government, it was determined that chiropractic care is “…remarkably safe,” more so than muscle relaxants, back surgery and even over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin. All ages, from babies to seniors, can benefit from chiropractic care.
Is chiropractic science-based?
Research from New Zealand, England, Australia, the United States, Denmark and Canada has validated the scientific nature of chiropractic. Recently, the “Manga Report” from the University of Ottawa has confirmed the safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic in treating low back pain.
Ongoing research supports chiropractic care for headaches, whiplash, asthma and premenstrual syndrome, just to name a few.
Can chiropractic cure everything?
Chiropractic isn’t designed to be a cure. Only your body is capable of healing itself. As a chiropractor, Dr. Ali works to assist those natural abilities to work at their highest level.
Is a referral required?
No. A Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary contact physician, requiring no referral for you to see one. If we find that your problem isn’t related to your spine, we’ll refer you to another practitioner that is more appropriate for your case.
Does it hurt to be adjusted?
No; in fact, it usually takes pressure off the body and alleviates pain.
Will I get adjusted on my first visit?
Your pain has likely been present for some time. To understand fully where the source of your issue is, we take X-rays, which then require a thorough, accurate reading. Dr. Ali takes time to go over all findings with you before starting treatment so that you know what to expect moving forward, and we know how best to help you. If you’re suffering, we may be able to see you for an adjustment on the same day as your examination, but we usually see you the following day.
Can someone who has had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. If we’re unable to help you, you’ll be informed immediately.
Is chiropractic care expensive?
Extended health plans will usually cover a portion of your care. We offer family discounts and flexible payment plans.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
There are three phases of care: during the initial phase, we work to remove symptoms. When you enter corrective care, we look to correct the cause of the muscle weakness, degenerative changes and soft tissue damage. The third phase, wellness care, maintains your optimal well-being and enables you to have a healthy lifestyle. How long you’d like to benefit from care is always left up to you.
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