Frequently asked questions
What does chiropractic treat?
Chiropractors can help if you have:
- conditions of the spine and extremities (bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nervous system)
- back pain (thoracic, lumbar and sacral)
- neck pain (cervical spine and related structures)
- headaches and migraines
- chronic and acute pain syndromes, including myofascial pain syndromes
- whiplash and auto accident injuries (see our MVA information)
- strains and sprains
- repetitive strain injuries/joint conditions, including shoulder, hip and knee
- work or sports injuries (see our WCB information)
- anterior chest wall
- gait assessment and analysis
- general health and well being
- nutrition, therapeutic exercise, lifestyle and ergonomic counselling and recommendations
What happens during my first visit?
On your first visit, you’ll need to fill out a health history form. You’ll review this information with your chiropractor before you’re examined. The chiropractor will do a physical exam and you may also need an ultrasound or x-ray. After your exam and tests, your chiropractor will explain what is wrong, and recommend the treatment that’s best for you.
How much does it cost?
After the first visit, chiropractic treatments usually cost between $40 and $60 per visit. Most chiropractors charge about $100 for the first visit depending on the extent of your assessment. If you are trying chiropractic for the first time, ask about fees when you book your first appointment.
Is chiropractic safe?
Because chiropractic is non-invasive, the risk of a serious side effect is extremely low. While most people feel a sense of relief, it is possible that following a chiropractic treatment you may experience mild soreness that should go away quickly. Before you have a chiropractic treatment, ask to discuss any concerns you have with your chiropractor. If you have any severe or lasting effects or concerns, talk to your chiropractor.
How often will I need an adjustment?
Chiropractic is a process, not an event. Treatment for each person is determined based on their individual needs. Some patients feel better after one treatment, but most require a structured treatment plan to resolve their issues.
What is that cracking sound during an adjustment?
The sound is the release of dissolved gas from the fluid in the joint space, identical to the sound you hear when you crack your knuckles. During an adjustment, the surfaces of a joint get separated, reducing the pressure in the joint cavity. Gas in the synovial fluid is released, forming a air space. This space then collapses upon itself, resulting in a clicking sound. The effects of this process remain for a period of time, ranging from a few seconds to hours while gas is slowly reabsorbed.
Are chiropractors really doctors?
Health care legislation recognizes Doctors of Chiropractic (chiropractors) as doctors. Chiropractors are recognized and regulated under the same Health Professions Act
in Alberta as medical doctors, dentists and optometrists. Only specific health professionals are authorized by this legislation to use the title Dr. or doctor.