What to expect
Frequently asked questions from our patients
What is chiropractic?
The word "chiropractic" means "done by the hand". Chiropractic is a non-invasive and conservative type of treatment that not only treats the symptom of pain, but gets to the root of the problem.
What is an adjustment and why is there a popping sound?
A chiropractor uses his/her hands or an instrument to adjust the affected joints of the body in order to restore proper joint mechanics and relieve the surrounding area of complaint. The adjustment may result in a pop or cavitation, and is often referred to as a "crack". The popping is a release of gas in the joint, where patients can feel sudden relief.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Studies have shown that chiropractic is one of the safest forms of health care available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints on all ages. Although chiropractic is shown to be safe, is it important for chiropractors to take note when patients are not chiropractic candidates, which is performed with a thorough history and examination. Many patients feel immediate relief following treatment, however, some may experience mild soreness for up to 24-48 hours.
Do I need a referral?
In Ontario, you can visit a chiropractor without a referral from a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care professional.
What conditions do we treat?
Chiropractors diagnose and treat many different neuromusculoskeletal conditions. It can help reduce pain and correct the body's alignment and overall physical function. Chiropractic care can help with low back and neck pain, headaches, muscle pains and other joints of the body. Other common conditions include: sciatic nerve pain, disc injuries, whiplash, rotator cuff strains, hip impingement, golfer's elbow, tennis elbow, and much more. Massage therapy, rehabilitation, acupuncture, and spinal decompression are additional forms of treatment utilized.
How long will it take for me to get better
Treatment time depends on the injury/condition and how long it has existed. Acute or chronic conditions have different recovery periods. Some patients may have a significant decrease in pain after the first few visits, however, it is important to maintain those changes made and prevent re-injury. For example, we maintain our teeth and gums by going to regular dental visits.
What forms of treatment do we provide?
At Stoney Creek Rehab & Wellness Centre, we offer a team of health care providers that work together in order to get our patients on the quickest path to recovery. In our multidisciplinary setting, we provide the following treatments: chiropractic, massage therapy, rehabilitation, acupuncture, spinal decompression therapy, shock wave therapy, ultrasound, and interferential current therapy.
What type of education do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors must earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and become licensed in the practicing province. Doctor of Chiropractic programs take 4 years to complete and require at least 3 years of undergraduate education for admission.