Frequently Asked Questions
Chiropractic Related Questions, Answered for You
What is an adjustment?
The main treatment method of chiropractors is the “chiropractic manipulative therapy” or commonly referred to as an “adjustment”. The chiropractic adjustment is an art and not simply brute strength. That is why petite women (Dr. Colacino!) can perform excellent adjustments. The art requires skill and training in order to get the proper angle, force, and location. The popping noise is simply a release of gas from a joint, and is the same sound as when a person cracks their knuckles. It is NOT bones rubbing together or breaking. Chiropractors aim to get motion into the joint complex that is not moving properly in order to “unlock” the bone from its improper position. Many times, there is an audible “pop” that can be heard. Research shows that an adjustment allows the spine to move more freely the way it is supposed to, while reducing pain and disability. Adjustments can also reduce inflammation, improve the quality of motion, change muscle activation patterns and improve body awareness.
If I see a chiropractor once, do I have to keep coming back?
False—mostly. Chiropractic can be used as a short-term acute treatment or as part of a long-term preventative and health maintenance protocol.
Sometimes a person may get injured, which can result in pain or limited performance. This can happen due to a car accident, a workplace injury, lifting heavy objects in an awkward manner, or perhaps taking a hard hit while playing sports. This can result in debilitating pain that prevents the ability to continue with the same lifestyle that existed prior to injury—whether that means having to modify one’s occupation, an exercise routine, hobbies, or a specific daily routine. Chiropractic adjustments are an excellent means to correct acute issues related to the spine. It is possible that a very short-term stint of care will properly address the pain or performance issue and result in healing for the patient that requires no follow-up.
On the other hand, with an injury that is chronic, typically defined as lasting longer than 6 months, a different and usually longer duration of care is needed, with a number of follow-ups, in order to treat the area that has not been in top shape in a long time. Patients probably visit the dentist annually or semi-annually to ensure your pearly whites are in tip-top shape with a check-up and cleaning. Keeping a close watch on your spinal health and getting regular “check up” adjustments or treatments is an excellent proactive step towards preventing future injury, especially if your activities cannot be altered.
Discuss your health goals and concerns with your chiropractor to determine if they will best be met by consistent care over time or if perhaps reaching your goals will require a shorter duration of care.
What type of injuries do you treat?
Our chiropractors can help with all (and more) of the following:
Ankle and foot pain
Elbow and wrist pain
Geriatric weakness and pain
Hip and tailbone pain
Jaw pain (TMJ disorders)
Lower back pain
Pediatric/adolscent mechanical problems
Posture and ergonomics assessments
Upper back pain
Workplace Injuries (WSIB)