What is Chiropractic?
At Integrative Care, we strive to not only treat but also educate our patients about pain management and self-care techniques like exercise and self-massage. You may not know that your constant headaches are a symptom of a neck strain, or that your constant knee pain is caused by a misaligned back. Many of our patients come in complaining of pain in one part of their body to find out that it can be treated by working on a totally different area. A skilled chiropractor can even decrease or completely alleviate pain caused by arthritis or resulting from whiplash and other injuries. He or she will also be able to counsel on the best pain management treatment for your unique situation, often without the use of expensive and addictive pain killers.
If you have been through countless specialists and physiotherapists and see no improvement in your pain level or your overall quality of life, it may be time to call a professional chiropractor. Many patients have confided in us that they wished they had started by consulting a chiropractor and skipped expensive appointments with hard to see specialists that did nothing for them.
Here are a few answers to the most frequently asked questions received by Integrative Care. We hope that these will be helpful to you, but if you have a question that is not answered here, please do not hesitate to call us – we will happily answer any question you may have about chiropractic care.
Do I need a referral from my GP in order to see a chiropractor?
No. Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners and can provide chiropractic services independently. This means that you can set up an appointment with a chiropractor without first consulting your GP, although your Doctor may suggest that you see a chiropractor if he or she feels that chiropractic care may help you.
Could chiropractic care make my condition worse?
Chiropractic care is a safe, non-intrusive procedure that will not hurt you as long as it is provided by a certified and qualified chiropractor. Complications of chiropractic care are extremely rare and not nearly as likely as they are with surgery or other forms of treatment.
If I start chiropractic care, will I have to continue chiropractic treatment for life?
Many people think that once chiropractic care starts, it has to continue. While we do recommend that our patients keep periodical appointments in order to ensure their condition remains stable and can be monitored, chiropractic care is not the reason patients keep coming back. People who require chiropractic care present conditions that can be treated by chiropractors. It is not the care you receive from your chiropractor that makes you need to continue with appointments, but rather the condition you had before starting chiropractic treatment. Some conditions can be successfully treated so that the patient does not need to continue with chiropractic treatment, but most conditions require continuous care.
I have had back surgery. Can I still benefit from chiropractic care?
Yes, you can. It is an unfortunate fact that many people who have undergone back surgery see symptoms of their original condition (often in the form of pain or reduced flexibility) come back after a number of years. Chiropractic care is a safe and efficient way of alleviating the pain associated both with your back condition and the stress of back surgery.