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Frequently asked questions

What is chiropractic?

The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.”Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in health care for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care.Chiropractors are specialists in manual adjustment of the vertebrae of the spine and other joints. Adjustment helps relieve pain and restore normal functioning to the spine, joints and supporting structures of the body – so you can enjoy your everyday activities again as quickly as possible.Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustments free up the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor will determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.

When should I see a chiropractor?

Eight out of ten Canadians will experience back pain at some point in their life, and at least one third of people in Ontario will have back pain at any given time. For many people, the pain can keep them away from work, school or even their day-to-day activities. If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider. Chiropractors are highly educated and extensively trained to assess, diagnosis, treat and prevent conditions disorders of the spine, joints, muscle and nervous systems. These disorders may include back pain, neck pain, headaches, referring pain in your arms and legs, etc. Many patients including, seniors, find that treatment helps them to maintain mobility and good range of motion. Pain should never become a way of life, especially when there is qualified help available. There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care: Work, 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 care can help you maintain healthy spine and joint function.

What are some of the benefits of chiropractic care?

Improved movement and function in the neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities Improved posture Relief from headaches, neck and back pain Helps the prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries Leads to enhanced athletic performance Improved flexibility and range of motion Corrected gait and foot problems Relief from pregnancy related back ache

Does chiropractic care require a referral from a medical doctor?

No. Chiropractors are legislated as primary care professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they feel chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary.

What makes Active Health different?

Started in 1998 by Dr. Lee and his wife, the clinic’s family feel sets it apart from most. As a family run clinic, the individualized care and warm, friendly atmosphere has helped generations of families for over 20 years. At Active Health the doctors, RMT’s, and staff recognize your health is in their hands, and is of upmost importance to them. The main concern for our doctors is YOU.

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