Regular Chiropractic care can improve your health

Millions of Canadians see a chiropractor for spinal problems and injuries each year. Early chiropractic treatment reduces the need for prescription drugs and can help you avoid surgery. It can also help prevent problems before they begin. Below are some common questions and answers to help you better understand how chiropractic treatment affects you and your health.

Chiropractic Treatment may include:

  • A Chiropractic adjustment in which the chiropractor uses his or her hands or instrument to apply a specialized gentle, controlled and safe pressure directly on the problem area of your spine.
  • Exercise programs and/or soft tissue therapy.
  • Advice on how you can improve your health through nutrition and proper ergonomics.
  • Recommendations for other therapies such as massage.

Why should I see a Chiropractor?

From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, young people to seniors, chiropractic care is part of the answer to optimum health. Many people see a Doctor of Chiropractic for back, neck or joint problems. Still others find that a regular visit to their chiropractor contributes to their overall health.

It's important to understand that you do not need to be experiencing symptoms or pain to benefit from chiropractic care. Your Doctor of Chiropractic can find subluxations before they start causing symptoms.

Regularly we get our teeth, eyes, blood pressure and heart and checked. Why not our spine and nervous system? Without proper function of our nervous system our organs and muscles cannot work properly. Call your Doctor of Chiropractic today. Regular checkups of your spine can help you maintain better health.

How does Chiropractic care work?

The spine is home to our nervous system - which is the communication system between your brain and all of your body's muscles, organs and tissues. Think of your brain as a central command post sending and receiving information through telephone wires (your nerves), which branch out to connect all areas of a city (your body). A short circuit in a wire cuts off communication just like misalignments in your spine can put pressure on the nerves. This pressure interferes with your nervous system, affects your ability to self-heal and may prolong injury or illness.

Chiropractic can restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain/dysfunction, so you can get back to feeling good... today!

What can I expect from my visit to a Chiropractor?

On your first visit to Health First Chiropractic you can expect a complete and thorough examination using state of the art equipment to determine how chiropractic care can help you.

During a New patient examination the following assessment will be done:

Posture Picture- By taking your picture and using special computer software we are able to create a digital model of your spine and detect any postural irregularities.

A Rolling Thermal Examination- This allows us to look at the autonomic nervous system. The part of the nervous system that controls the blood vessels, organs and glands.

EMG Scan-This allows us to look at your motor nerves, the nerves that control your muscles.

Foot Scan- This is another tool that is used to evaluate your postural health. A digital image of your feet is created and used to determine your weight distribution on each foot and indicates imbalances or weakness in your feet.

Chiropractic Examination- Dr. Dwyer will conduct an extensive examination that includes:

  • A check of your reflexes.
  • A test of your muscle strength.
  • Specific orthopedic tests relative to your complaint/injury.
  • A specific assessment on the movement of individual vertebrae of the spine and/or other joints of the body to determine subluxations.
  • A check of flexibility and coordination.
  • A visual analysis of your posture.

By using all of these assessment tools, Dr. Dwyer is able to get a better picture of your complete health. If Dr. Dwyer diagnoses a problem better treated by another health care professional, he will make an appropriate referral.

Who pays for my visit to a Chiropractor?

Before visiting your Chiropractor, check into your private health insurance coverage. You may have coverage on chiropractic treatments up to a certain limit for every calendar year. Chiropractic services are covered by most private health care plans, by all provincial Workers' Compensation Boards, and by Veterans Affairs Canada, the RCMP and other federal programs. MSI does not cover chiropractic treatment. Many people who value their health pay for their own Chiropractic care.

How does a Chiropractor become licensed to practice?

By law, every province requires chiropractors to earn a license before they can practice. Graduating chiropractors must attain passing scores on national and provincial board exams administered by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB).

Today's graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a post-secondary college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admissions to a chiropractic college.

As a result of the extensive education and licensing procedures chiropractors have earned the right to the title Doctor. As such, a referral from a medical doctor is not required for a visit to a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic.

How does Chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works because you are a self-healing, self-regulating organism controlled by your nervous system. Millions of instructions flow from your brain, down the spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue. Signals sent back to the brain confirm if your body is working right. Improper motion or position of the moving bones of the spine, called a subluxation, can interfere with this vital exchange by irritating nerves and compromising the function of affected areas and tissues. Specific spinal adjustments can help improve mind/body communications. Health often returns with improved nervous system control of the body.

How do you get subluxations?

There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical, chemical & emotional. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet. Stress and emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations.

How do I know I have a subluxation?

You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like early stages of tooth decay or cancer subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. The results of a thorough examination can show the location and severity of subluxations you may have.

Can subluxations heal on their own?

Sometimes. Today’s hectic lifestyles are a constant source of subluxations. Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to self-correct many of these problems as we bend and stretch, or when we sleep at night. When subluxations do not resolve, you need to see a chiropractic doctor!

Do I have a pinched nerve?

A pinched nerve is rare. It is more likely that an adjacent spinal bone irritates stretches, rubs or chafes a nerve. These subluxations distort the nerve messages sent between the brain and the body. This can produce unhealthy alterations to the area connected by the affected nerves.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust that helps add motion to the spinal joints that are not moving properly. Some methods use the doctor’s hands, an instrument, a special table or the force of gravity. There are many ways to adjust the spine.

Are Chiropractic Adjustments safe?

Yes. A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are remarkably safe. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough chiropractic examination determines if you are a candidate for chiropractic treatment. Compare the facts. Adjustments are far safer that taking an over the counter pain reliever.

Will adjustments loosen my spine?

No. Only the spinal joints that are locked up or restricted receive adjustments. Having a restricted area of your spine is more likely to cause other areas to become loose. Adjusting the correct areas allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.