Frequently Asked Questions in Calgary AB

Find out the answers Calgary AB Chiropractors frequently give to patients seeking to learn more about chiropractic care at their office. Learning more about chiropractic and its benefits can help you find the best chiropractor for you. If you have a question you don't see answered below, reach out to your team at Full Potential Chiropractic at (403) 204-0084.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is a form of healthcare that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, especially the spine but chiropractors work on all joints. Chiropractors use hands-on manipulation and other techniques to restore the body's neuromusculoskeletal structure and improve its function. When the spine is properly functioning, the body performs and maintains a better state of health.

Are chiropractors doctors?

Chiropractors earn a Doctorate in Chiropractic and are considered primary care providers similar to medical doctors. In order to become a licensed chiropractor, one must complete a four-year doctoral program in chiropractic after an undergraduate degree, very similar to a dentist, optometrist, or medical doctor.

What is the history of chiropractic care?

Canadian D.D. Palmer founded chiropractic care in the late 1800s. Palmer believed that misalignments of the spine, called subluxations, caused many health problems. He developed a technique for realigning the spine, which he called chiropractic. Since then, chiropractic has become a widely used form of healthcare around the world.

What does a chiropractor do?

A chiropractor uses a variety of techniques to manipulate the spine and other parts of the body to improve their alignment and function. These techniques can include manual adjustments, spinal decompression, soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitation exercises. Chiropractors may also provide nutritional and lifestyle advice to help patients achieve optimal health.

Are chiropractors useful?

Chiropractic care has excellent results for a variety of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and sciatica. The effectiveness of chiropractic care is well documented in peer-reviewed journals and there continues to be a growing amount strong evidence supporting the use of chiropractic care.

Are chiropractors safe?

Chiropractic care is considered very safe when performed by a qualified and licensed practitioner. Evidence suggests that chiropractic care rarely causes significant injuries that don’t resolve.

Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?

Chiropractic adjustment can have side effects, including soreness and stiffness. When chiropractors move joints that are “stuck,” some soreness can result but that is normal, just like soreness after beginning a workout program. These side effects are usually mild and transient.

How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

The number of chiropractic sessions needed depends on the condition being treated and the individual patient. Some patients may see improvement after just one session, while others may require ongoing treatment over a period of weeks or months.

How much does a chiropractic care cost?

The cost of chiropractic care varies depending on the location, the practitioner, and the type of treatment being provided. Many insurance plans cover chiropractic care, and some practitioners offer payment plans. Generally, chiropractic care is considered very cost-effective in the healthcare world.

How can I find a chiropractor near me?

Patients can find chiropractors near them by searching online directories, asking for recommendations from friends and family.

What are common chiropractic techniques?

Common chiropractic techniques include diversified (hands on), drop table (gravity assisted) and Activator (instrument assisted).

What does a chiropractor treat?

Chiropractors treat a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches/migraine, carpel tunnel, shoulder pain, knee pain, hip pain, ankle pain, numbness/tingling, nerve pain, and sciatica.

How do chiropractors relieve pain from injuries or accidents?

Chiropractors can relieve pain from injuries or accidents by restoring proper biomechanics to injured joints, which can improve function and reduce inflammation. They may use techniques such as spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and rehabilitation exercises to help patients recover from injuries.

Can I get chiropractic care during pregnancy?

Chiropractic care is considered safe during pregnancy and can help alleviate back pain, sciatica, and other discomforts associated with pregnancy.

How does a chiropractor help lower back pain?

A chiropractor will find the source of your lower back pain by taking a thorough history and performing a physical examination. Based on the results they will perform the necessary treatments such as adjustments, soft tissue, and exercise therapy.

How does a chiropractor help neck pain?

A chiropractor will find the source of your neck pain by taking a thorough history and performing a physical examination. Based on the results they will perform the necessary treatments such as adjustments and soft tissue therapy.

How does a chiropractor help sciatica?

A chiropractor will find the cause of sciatica by taking a history and performing a thorough physical examination. Following that they will perform treatment indicated by the results.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?

Chiropractic adjustments are generally not painful, but some patients may experience mild discomfort or soreness after treatment. Patients should always communicate with their chiropractor if they experience any pain or discomfort during treatment.

Why do adjustments sometimes make a popping sound?

The popping sound is gas being released from the joint when the joint surfaces are separated. It has a profound neurophysiological effect on the body.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No, each patient is uniquely adjusted based on their age, body type, and personal preference. There are many different techniques that can be used.

Will a chiropractic adjustment completely remove back pain?

One adjustment may temporarily completely remove back pain but often several adjustments are needed for functional change and lasting relief.

Can I learn to adjust myself?

It is not recommended for individuals to try to adjust themselves. Chiropractic adjustments should only be performed by a licensed chiropractor with proper training and education. Attempting to adjust yourself can result in further injury or pain.

Will I be required to remove my clothing at my appointment?

At our office, we do not require patients to remove their clothing for chiropractic treatment.

Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Chiropractic care is safe and effective for children of all ages, but it should be performed by a licensed chiropractor with experience in treating children.

What type of education and training do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors must complete a four-year doctoral degree program in chiropractic after completing an undergraduate degree. They must also pass a national board exam and obtain a license to practice in their province. Chiropractors are also required to obtain yearly continuing education courses to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and research in the field.

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Full Potential Chiropractic
40 Christie Park View SW #3165
Calgary, AB T3H 6E7
(403) 204-0084

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