On this page, you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about chiropractic care. If you have a question but can’t find the answer on this page, please head on over to the Contact Us page and submit your question directly to Dr. LeBlanc.
Q: What is Chiropractic?
One of the largest primary care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. For many conditions, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care is frequently the primary method of treatment. Where other conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. Chiropractic is a regulated health profession, recognized by statute in all Canadian provinces and American states. Almost 2 million patients in Ontario rely on chiropractic care every year to help them live healthy, active lives.
Q: What is a Chiropractor?
Chiropractors diagnose, treat and help prevent conditions and disorders related to muscles, bones, joints and nerves. Chiropractors spend four years at an accredited chiropractic institution, receiving more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training. The chiropractic curriculum at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto (Dr. LeBlanc’s alma mater) includes studies in anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, chiropractic principles, diagnosis and adjustment techniques. Chiropractors are one of only five classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title ‘Doctor,’ with its accompanying rights and obligations.
As primary care practitioners, chiropractors can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment and management plan, which may include manual therapy, exercise, and nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counselling. A chiropractor does not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, but may make a referral to medical specialists for such treatment when appropriate.
Q: What do Chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the muscles, bones, joints and nerves. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referred pain in your arms and legs and more.
There are many reasons to see a chiropractor: work strains, 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 can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.
Here are some of the most common reasons why people visit a chiropractor:
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Strains and sprains from everyday activities
• Repetitive strain injuries
• Work and sports-related injuries
• Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck, or limbs
• General health and well-being
Q: What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments loosen the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.
Q: What is that popping/cracking sound?
The popping or cracking sound that is associated with an adjustment is completely normal. The sound occurs as a result of dissolved gas molecules within the fluid of the joint being released as a vacuum effect is formed within the joint being treated. It should be noted, however, that not all effective adjustments will create an audible release. In fact, there are many forms of adjusting a joint that will not produce any sound.
Q: Will I need X-rays if I see a Chiropractor?
In most cases, a patient will not require X-rays before treatment is performed by a chiropractor. However, depending on the complexity of the individual’s condition or injury, the chiropractor may require a patient to receive further imaging or medical tests in order to determine if a more serious medical condition exists. In these cases, the chiropractor can order X-rays for you directly.
Q: What can I expect when I first visit a Chiropractor?
Your chiropractor needs a full understanding of your health history and overall current health in order to provide the best possible care for you. Set aside at least an hour for your first visit to the chiropractor. Future visits typically last 20 minutes or less, though the time required will depend upon the type of treatment you require.
During your first visit, your chiropractor will not only ask you about the reason you are seeking care, but will also ask you questions in regards to your past health history (including previous injuries or surgeries), your family health history, major conditions you have experienced or are experiencing, and more.
It is a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to the chiropractor as they will also perform a through physical assessment. This assessment may include checking your vitals (heart rate, blood pressure, respiratory rate), testing your reflexes and sensation, and a hands-on evaluation of how well your joints, muscles and other tissues are moving, identifying restrictions and areas of improper motion
After your initial assessment, if your chiropractor diagnoses a condition more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he or she will make a referral.
Q: Once I visit a Chiropractor, will I have to keep coming back forever?
The simple answer to this is ‘No’. The main goal of chiropractic is to not only treat and manage your aches and pains, but to also educate and rehabilitate. After treating your initial complaint or condition, Dr. LeBlanc will provide you with tools and advice in order to help prevent further pain or injury.
However, some patients do decide to visit a chiropractor regularly as a preventative measure and to maintain their general well-being. So, whether you’re seeking care for overall wellness or for treatment of an injury, Dr. LeBlanc will be more than happy to assist you in achieving your health goals.
**Information on this page adapted from the Canadian Chiropractic Association and Ontario Chiropractic Association**