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If you have any questions or concerns regarding our techniques, services and products that are not answered in the frequently asked questions below, please feel free to contact us at 709-738-0366 or info@coreinsight.ca.

The following are excerpted from our national association’s frequently asked question page.

What conditions do chiropractors treat?
What happens during a treatment?
What kind of education and training do chiropractors have?
What results can I expect from treatment?
How many people see chiropractors?
Is chiropractic manipulation a safe procedure?
Is chiropractic evidence-based?
Is chiropractic regulated in Canada?
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Is every patient’s treatment the same?
Can chiropractic treatment provide a preventative function?
What is the difference between physicians and chiropractors?
Do chiropractors refer patients to medical doctors when necessary?
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?
Does chiropractic treatment require x-rays?
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
Will my insurance cover chiropractic treatment?

 

Question:
What conditions do chiropractors treat?

Answer:
Chiropractors are experts trained in the neuromusculoskeletal system. They diagnose and treat disorders of the spine and other body joints by adjusting the spinal column or through other corrective manipulation. Chiropractors provide conservative management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders including, but not limited to, back, neck and head pain (over 90 percent of conditions treated). They also advise patients on corrective exercises, lifestyle and nutrition.
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Question:
What happens during a treatment?

Answer:
During your first visit, the chiropractor will want to know about your health history and your current complaint. Your home and work life, as well as your level of physical activity may also affect your health, so questions may be asked regarding these aspects of your daily life.

Although chiropractors use their hands for most treatments, they also use other methods such as heat, light, specialized adjusting instruments, ultrasound, electrotherapy, personalized exercise programs, muscle-testing and balancing. Your chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.
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Question:
What kind of education and training do chiropractors have?

Answer:
Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas: basic training in the biological and health sciences, specialized training in the chiropractic discipline, and extensive clinical training. Becoming a chiropractor in Canada requires a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education including no less than four years of full-time classroom and clinical instruction at an institution approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada.
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Question:
What results can I expect from treatment?

Answer:
That depends on your condition. The length of time you have had the problem, your age and the degree of your disability all affect the length of your treatment. Your chiropractic doctor should tell you the extent of treatment recommended, and how long you can expect it to last.

One of the main reasons people choose chiropractic is that they often get quick results. Individual cases vary and chronic conditions typically need more treatment, but Workers’ Compensation Board studies show that people with low back pain get back to work much faster with chiropractic care.

You might also consider the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments even when you feel healthy. Sometimes you won’t know you have a disorder of the neuromusculoskeletal system until it becomes acute and painful. So, just as you see your dentist to have your teeth checked and your optometrist for eye exams, regular visits to your chiropractor can catch related health conditions early, often preventing them from developing into major problems. Remember, your spine is every bit as susceptible to wear and tear as your teeth and your eyes so you should look after it.
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Question:
How many people see chiropractors?

Answer:
Statistics Canada data found that over eleven percent (three million) of Canadians consulted a chiropractor in 1996. The figures today are closer to fifteen percent, or over four million Canadians annually.
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Question:
Is chiropractic manipulation a safe procedure?

Answer:
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, and neck and back pain. As such, it is a low risk therapy. Complications arising from adjustment are rare.
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Question:
Is chiropractic evidence-based?

Answer:
Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science. Few other health care interventions have been assessed as extensively as chiropractic manipulation, both in terms of safety and effectiveness. There have been at least six formal government studies into chiropractic worldwide over the last 25 years and all have concluded that contemporary chiropractic care is effective, safe and cost-effective. They have also recommended public funding for chiropractic services. In addition, there have been countless scientific clinical studies assessing the appropriateness, effectiveness and/or cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation or chiropractic manipulation, most notably for lower back pain. The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHI) now offers research grants in partnership with the Canadian Chiropractic Association to chiropractors and other scientists for high quality, chiropractic research.
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Question:
Is chiropractic regulated in Canada?

Answer:
Like medicine and dentistry, chiropractic is a self-regulating profession, and each provincial chiropractic regulatory body has the authority to grant a license to practice chiropractic. There are Chiropractic Acts in all 10 provinces and the Yukon Territory that establish a self-regulatory process, which includes extensive testing for licensure. In all provinces, licensure requirements include university studies followed by graduation from an accredited chiropractic institution, and passing national and provincial board examinations.
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Question:
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Answer:
Yes, children may benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

While there is some clinical evidence that musculoskeletal treatment of infants may have positive effects, well-controlled studies are required to verify the benefits that are seen in clinical practice.
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Question:
Is every patient’s treatment the same?

Answer:
The treatment a patient receives is related to the specific condition diagnosed by the chiropractor, and will vary from person to person depending on each person’s unique situation.
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Question:
Can chiropractic treatment provide a preventative function?

Answer:
Clinical experience suggests that individuals with chronic conditions such as degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis) or recurrent neck pain, back pain or headaches may experience less frequent and less severe symptoms when under regular chiropractic care. This also applies to individuals in highly stressful situations and those who experience repetitive physical and postural strain from their daily activities. Whether ongoing chiropractic treatment can prevent back pain from occurring in the first place, or prevent a previous condition from re-occurring, requires further study.
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Question:
What is the difference between physicians and chiropractors?

Answer:
Both chiropractors and physicians are legally entitled to use the title “doctor”. As the appellation MD means “Doctor of Medicine”, so DC means “Doctor of Chiropractic”.

The role of chiropractic is complementary to other areas of primary health care. Chiropractic is not, for example, a replacement for medical care, but may offer an alternative to medication and surgery in appropriate circumstances.
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Question:
Do chiropractors refer patients to medical doctors when necessary?

Answer:
Yes, like medical doctors, chiropractors refer patients to other health professionals when they feel it is appropriate. Chiropractors are well trained to recognize risk factors as well as individual disease patterns and will not hesitate to make a referral when it is in the best interest of the patient’s health.
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Question:
Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD?

Answer:
No. A patient does not have to be referred. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly.
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Question:
Does chiropractic treatment require x-rays?

Answer:
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.
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Question:
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Answer:
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound – it’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. It is not painful. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint resulting in gas bubbles being released.
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Question:
Will my insurance cover chiropractic treatment?

Answer:
Most federal government departments (such as the RCMP and Veteran’s Affairs) cover chiropractic services. Also, all workers’ compensation boards and most employer and other third party insurance plans cover chiropractic services. The following information pertains to insurance coverage in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, which has been taken from this page.

MCP
Currently there is no MCP coverage for chiropractic treatments. X-rays ordered by your chiropractor are taken at local hospitals and are covered by MCP.

Workplace Health, Safety & Compensation Commission (WHSCC)
WHSCC provides chiropractic treatment for injured workers. Workers with new injuries (within 90 days of date of injury) can begin treatment without pre-approval from WHSCC. Workers with older injuries (greater than 90 days) can be assessed by a chiropractor, but approval must be obtained from WHSCC before treatment begins. Chiropractors are an important part of your recovery and are involved in early and safe return to work. Contact a local chiropractor or your case manager for more information.

Health Insurance Coverage
Most extended health insurances (Blue Cross, Great West Life, Desjardins etc…) have limited coverage for chiropractic examination and treatments. Check with your carrier for more information.

Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA)
Section B of motor vehicle policies covers the cost of chiropractic treatment for injuries as the result of a MVA.

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)
The DVA recognizes the important role chiropractors play health care and provides coverage for chiropractic treatment for veterans. Contact the DVA or local chiropractic clinic for more information.
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