Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic is a complementary and alternative medicine health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractors emphasize manual and manipulative therapy for the treatment of soft tissue and joint injuries. Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of muscle and joint complaints. No health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with care from chiropractic therapy, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment.
What education has a chiropractor obtained?
Great majority of Chiropractors have undergraduate degrees (Kin, BSc, BA). In addition Chiropractors are required to complete a four-year Doctor of Chiropractic degree, which includes three years of applied sciences and one year of internship. Over 4,400 hours of education/training including three years of EBM (Evidence Based Medicine), research, methodology and critical review courses. Please be aware that the above-mentioned education, training and hours are based on CMCC’s (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College) requirements.
What should I wear when I come in for my appointment?
It is best to wear comfortable athletic clothing for THI Therapy sessions involving chiropractic therapy. THI Therapy sessions will involve movement (active care) and corrective exercises.
How long or how often do I have to see my Chiropractor?
THI Treatment plans for musculoskeletal injuries are 8-10 THI Therapy sessions. This treatment plan can be completed over 4 weeks (2 treatments a week) or 8 weeks (1 treatment a week). There are stages of the treatment plan that will involve passive care (THI health care practitioner delivered). The severity of the injury will dictate the length of time within this phase. The next progression within the treatment plan is to focus on endurance strength and proprioceptive training. The final phase is full return to activity pain free with a prescription of exercises to prevent re-injury and to recognize poor postural positions that cause injury. These corrective exercises are designed to build confidence and strength. Corrective exercises are prescribed on the first visit to encourage involvement of the patient in his/her healing process.
Do Chiropractors take X-Rays?
Some chiropractors utilize x-rays as a method of evaluation. However, THI health care practitioners do not. Radiological images (x-rays) are required if an acute traumatic injury has occurred and a THI health care practitioner suspects structural damage to bone.
Is Chiropractic covered by insurance plans?
THI health care practitioners with the designation as a chiropractor have completed their chiropractic education at an accredited institution that has provided a designation number that can be used for extended health care coverage. Most insurance plans have chiropractic coverage within paramedical services. If you are unsure of the details of your extended health care plan simply contact your insurance company.
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