Frequently Asked Questions
I don’t live near your practice. How can I work with you?
Great question! Virtual appointments are now available to anyone in Ontario. You may also work with me through an online program for women with back pain. Reach out for more details.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is using the hands to provide treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. ‘Chiro’ means ‘hand’ in Latin. The purpose is to restore the body’s OPTIMAL function through treatments focusing on the neuromusculoskeletal system by a combination of different modalities.
What does a chiropractor do?
Chiropractors use various techniques to help decrease pain, improve range of motion, and help you manage chronic pain or get you back to pre-injury status. It can also be used for wellness treatment and to help improve posture.
Chiropractors generally use a combination of adjustments and soft tissue work to achieve these goals. Click on Services to learn more. I specifically provide evidenced-based holistic care for all my patients with unique and extensive treatment plans.
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust through joints that are not moving as well as they should. Sometimes this can cause an audible sound, or “crack,” which is just gas being released from the joints. This sound is not always heard and is not an indication of a successful adjustment. Read more about adjustments here.
Do adjustments hurt?
No, adjustments do not hurt! Sometimes you can feel some soreness or tenderness due to high levels of inflammation present around the joints or from sore muscles in the area.
How do I know if I need chiropractic treatment?
Most people can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Pain is not the only reason to come in for an adjustment. Treatment can be for wellness and for preventative care as well as pain management.
Book a free consultation with me here and together we can discuss the right course of action for your care according to your needs. You can also send me a message here if you are unsure.
What are the benefits of chiropractic treatment?
Benefits include, but are not limited to, decreased pain, increased range of motion, less muscle tightness/soreness, and many more.
What can I expect during my first visit?
Your first visit will be an initial assessment. I will take a detailed history and do a physical exam to determine the diagnosis. This helps me to create a custom treatment plan for you. The examination may include range of motion, neurological assessment, orthopedic assessment, and chiropractic assessment, as well as other assessments specific to you. Although the assessment is the focus of this appointment, I will provide a little bit of treatment provided there is time as well as give you some at-home care you can do between appointments. I may also recommend some products for self-care or recommend you to other practitioners if warranted.
When you arrive, please take off your shoes at the front and sign in at the front desk (follow the instructions on the sign). Please note that we do not have reception or a telephone number and to keep the process streamlined and efficient, the entire process is done online. Check in on your device by scanning the code on the sign at the desk or visiting the website listed. Enjoy some tea or coffee while you wait. I’ll be out to greet you once you have checked in!
Do I need x-rays or other imaging?
Sometimes it is indicated that x-rays, CT scan, MRI, or diagnostic ultrasound may be needed to further investigate your condition. If they are required, you will know at your appointment. If you have any recent imaging or reports, please bring them in to your first appointment.
Does my insurance cover your services?
In-clinic chiropractic services are covered by most benefit plans in Ontario. You must check with your own insurance company and plan before booking an appointment. We do not provide direct billing at this time so you will pay at the time of your service and submit yourself. Some insurance companies are now accepting virtual care so check with yours before booking.
I am ready to get rid of my chronic pain! How can I book?
Congratulations on taking the first step towards amazing health! The rewards are so worth it!
If you haven’t already, I suggest booking a free consultation appointment here first. This gives you an idea of how I treat, what is to be expected, and the entire process of your journey to better health. This also helps us figure out if working together is the right fit for both of us.
If you have already done this, then you are ready for the initial assessment which can also be booked here. If you haven’t done so already, join my FREE Facebook group here along with other amazing women like you also trying to manage their chronic pain!
What should I bring to my first appointment?
The intake forms contain a lot of great information that helps me adjust the course of care to make sure you are getting the best treatment possible. This needs to be filled out, preferably as soon as you receive the forms, but at least one day before your initial assessment. If you are on any medications and/or supplements or have allergies, please fill this out on the intake forms in detail. The forms are long and will require time to be filled out completely. Do not skip areas of these forms as it just takes time away from your appointment.
Wear loose or stretchy comfortable clothing. Dress pants and jeans are not the best clothing items for a physical exam. If you have any diagnostic information or any labs/imaging related to your condition, please bring those or send them with your intake forms. Arrive on time or early to your appointment. Extra time will not be given to those who arrive late.
Come in with an open mind and determination to get better. Mindset is very important for healing! I look forward to meeting you!