CHIROpractic care FAQ
1. Do Chiropractors only treat back pain?
No! Chiropractors are known for their expertise in caring for pain or injuries related to muscles, ligaments, joints and nerves throughout the entire human body. Using a variety of techniques, they help patients manage and rehabilitate injuries, minimize pain and maximize function in their daily lives.
At MOVE Recovery, our Chiropractor uses very safe, non-invasive techniques to restore motion to dysfunctional spinal or extremity joints and treat the surrounding muscles and tissues. Our Chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle change.
Common conditions people see Chiropractors for include:
Low back pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Repetitive stress injuries
Knee and hip pain
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Numbness and tingling
Ankle and foot pain
2. What is an adjustment? Does it hurt?
An adjustment is a hands-on procedure that a Chiropractor can use to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve muscle spasm in the surrounding areas, restore range of motion and reduce pain. An adjustment is normally accompanied by an immediate sense of relief with minimal (if any!) discomfort ever involved.
3. Why is there a ‘popping’ sound when a joint is adjusted?
An adjustment typically results in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes that popping sound. The same thing occurs when you ‘crack’ your knuckles. This noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released.
4. If I visit a Chiropractor, are they always going to 'crack' my neck or back?
While adjustments are one form of Chiropractic treatment, they are not essential to a positive treatment outcome. Care at MOVE Recovery is patient-centred, meaning we'll build your treatment plan together based on your needs and preferences. If your preference is not to be adjusted, your treatment plan will include other modalities such as joint mobilizations, soft-tissue and rehabilitation work!
5. Would I benefit from regular or periodic treatments / maintenance care with a chiropractor?
The true answer to this question is that it depends! Most of us, based on our lifestyle, various stressors and daily activities would benefit from some maintenance care to help alleviate the aches and pains that we all inevitably run into from things like prolonged sitting, stress tension, our job requirements or the many hours involved in caring for children. Let pain, stiffness or uncomfortable tension be your guide! If you find yourself experiencing these, you may find benefit in a treatment.
6. What are the benefits of acupuncture? What does it actually do?
The 3 main benefits of acupuncture are a decrease in pain, a decrease in muscle tension and improved function! The most widespread use of acupuncture is for pain relief. The insertion of thin filament needles into the tissues causes a release of substances from those tissues that helps improve blood flow to areas of tension; decreasing pain sensitivity by directly influencing your nervous system. These effects help control pain, improve function and speed up healing in the body.
7. What is the difference between this form of medical acupuncture and Eastern acupuncture?
Functional Integrated Acupuncture (FIA) integrates a variety of dry needling techniques during a single session. Unlike traditional Chinese acupuncture which traditionally selects points along meridians, dry needling targets anatomical structures that are the underlying cause of musculoskeletal conditions. FIA uses current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathology and the principles of evidence-based medicine. At MOVE Recovery, we use a combination of these two forms of acupuncture to best serve our patients’ needs.
8. What can I expect on my first appointment to a Chiropractor at MOVE Recovery?
The initial chiropractic assessment consists of a thorough health history and focused physical examination that helps the Chiropractor identify any factors influencing a patient’s health. The Chiropractor will then review therapies that may be used in the treatment plan. Patients may ask their chiropractor any questions they have. A treatment session is also performed on the first visit, unless further diagnostic tests are needed. A typical chiropractic initial assessment takes between 40 and 60 minutes.
9. Can I use my private insurance benefits to cover the cost of my appointments?
Of course! Providing your insurance plan includes coverage for chiropractic treatment, you can claim the cost of your treatments by submitting your invoices to your insurance company. We do not offer direct billing at MOVE Recovery. You will be required to pay for your appointment after which you will be provided with an invoice (electronic or printed) to submit to your insurance company.