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When should I consider chiropractic care?
What is an adjustment?
Why is spinal health important?
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
Does chiropractic care require a referral from a doctor?
Does chiropractic care use require X-Rays?



When should I consider chiropractic care?

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care. Work, accidents, sports injuries, household
chores, even the stress of daily living can cause painful joint and spinal problems. Even if
you do not have painful symptoms, chiropractic care can help you maintain healthy spine and
joint function.


What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment momentarily loosens the joint and helps it back into proper alignment, relieving pressure on the joint and surrounding nerves. When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the popping noise you may have heard about.


Why is spinal health important?

The body's information highway - your nervous system - is protected by the spine. The nervous system travels out between the vertebrae or joints of the spine to carry messages from the brain to every corner of your body. Stress and strain on the vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves in the affected area. That is why a problem with your spine can have far-reaching effects causing symptoms such as arm or leg pain.


Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk.

Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment, however, some may experience temporary pain, stiffness or slight swelling. Some patients may also experience temporary dizziness, local numbness, or radiating pain. However, adverse effects associated with spinal adjustment are typically minor and short-lived.

Prior to starting treatment, your chiropractor will provide you with adequate and accurate information to assist you in evaluating your health care choices, and in balancing the relative risks of treatment options with the benefits. Alberta's chiropractors are required in their Standards of Practice to obtain written informed consent prior to treating a patient.


Does chiropractic care require a referral from a doctor?


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 when necessary.


Does chiropractic care use require X-Rays?


X-rays can play an important role in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient 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.

Chiropractic. Hands-on health care that works.

The above information is adapted from the "Facts & FAQs" section of the Canadian Chiropractic Association website.

 
 
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