Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the skill of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. This adds motion to the joint, helping the joints to gradually regain more normal motion and function. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to permit improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

There are many ways to adjust the spine. Usually, the chiropractor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow, constant or indirect pressure.

After 6 years of university training, 4 years of chiropractic college and 19 years of clinical experience, I have become highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

Is chiropractic care appropriate for children?
At Cameron Family Chiropractic, I have been providing safe, gentle and effective chiropractic care for children for the past 19 years.

Since significant trauma can occur at birth, many parents choose to have their newborns checked for any spinal health related problems. Later, learning to walk, riding a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal health related problems.

While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the potential underlying structural damage to the child’s spine, skull, pelvis and extremities is the unique domain of a chiropractor.

Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off as “growing pains” may be able to be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups may be able to identify these problems and help avoid some health complaints seen later in adults.

Naturally, Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine, particularly babies.

Am I too old for chiropractic care?
More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic care is growing in popularity.

Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvements with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results. As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.

For how long will I need chiropractic care?
Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.

Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventative visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time-consuming, I stand ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.

Do chiropractic adjustments hurt?
In most cases, not at all. In fact, most people find having an adjustment very relaxing.

With some adjustments, you may sometimes feel or hear a popping sound from the spinal joints. This is simply caused by a gas release from the joint as spinal movement is restored, such as when a wet glass is removed from a table or when you open a can of pop.

We can and often do use a hand held instrument to adjust the spine. If we need to use pelvic blocks to re-align the body, then that is an option too. Special techniques are used for adjusting infants and children. When my kids were young, I often incorporated play in to the adjustment to make it more fun and comfortable for them. Some of my favorites are the superman adjustment and the turkey adjustment. If these are too familiar to you, then you will have to ask one of the little ones who get adjusted in my office. Whatever the technique, I use skill, not force or strength, to conduct a safe, effective adjustment.

What results can I expect?
If you’re new to Chiropractic care, you’ll want to know what type of result you can expect. Individual experience varies from person to person, but most people can expect some benefits soon after beginning care and for these to improve further as care continues. Statistically, too, research shows that Chiropractic care is more effective and economical and also gives longer lasting results for disorders of the spine than other forms of health care.
The difference between Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
Both have a place. In my experience, chiropractic focuses on alignment and movement of locked or fixated joints that cause muscle and nerve problems but fail to pay enough attention to muscular rehab. Physiotherapy is the opposite. Physiotherapy focuses heavily on providing exercises, but does not pay enough attention to restoring movement to fixated joints. My approach is to meld the 2 together by retiring alignment and motion in the office and following up with specific exercises in the office and at home.
Approximately how much does a Chiropractic session cost?
Regular Visits $42, Initial Consultation $75, Spinal X-ray $50.
What should you bring with you and wear?
We take care of people in the clothes they come in with. However, any bulky clothing, such as a heavy winter jacket or thick jumper, would need to be removed. I recommend wearing something comfortable. Dresses are not ideal, but we can still work around them.
Do you need a referral from a GP?
Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners, therefore a referral is not necessary. However, more and more GP’s are referring to Chiropractors because of the results we get with low back pain, neck pain and headaches.