Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a referral from my family doctor to see a chiropractor?
No, you do not require a referral to see a chiropractor. Dr. Mila is also happy to collaborate with other practitioners (your RMT or GP for example) if you request.
Please note: Some health insurance companies may require a referral in order to reimburse you for your treatments.
How should I prepare for my visit?
- If this is your first visit, please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete the necessary forms.
- Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing so that a proper examination can be performed and that you are comfortable with your treatment.
How many treatments do I need?
Dr. Mila will base the number of treatments you need according to these factors:
- What your health goals are.
- How long you’ve had the symptoms.
- How severe your symptoms are.
- The results of your physical examination.
- The amount of external daily stressors that you experience in between your treatments.
What is that “cracking” sound during a chiropractic treatment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a highly specialized technique which helps to restore motion in a joint that doesn’t move or function properly. Gas pressure builds up when a joint is restricted. The sound created during an adjustment is the release of that gas – just like when you “crack” your knuckles or when you open a bottle of champagne.
My pain is not too bad. Should I wait to see if it goes away?
Discomfort is a message from your body telling you that something is no longer working correctly. If you don’t listen to your body, it will increase the amount of pain to send a stronger message. It is best to treat it sooner rather than later since misalignments and pain can be corrected much easier and faster the sooner you address it. Sometimes the discomfort will lessen a bit and you will “learn to live with it” and it will become your new “normal”. This will not be an optimal normal and may cause subtle changes in your energy, mood, sleep and the overall lightness of your body. It’s best to have a good relationship with your body and listen to it….it will thank you in the long run!
Once I start seeing a chiropractor, do I have to keep going?
The answer is no. Nor will you become dependent on treatments. However, many people choose to continue their treatments in order to feel the best they can possibly feel. This includes things like optimizing energy levels, better sleep, decreased stress and slowing the rate of normal wear and tear on your body.
Similarly with your car: You don’t need to take it in for that tune up – but it sure would run more smoothly if you did. The choice is always yours.
What is “Tech neck”?
Many people spend countless hours on their cell phones and computers. Tech neck is a condition that results from one’s hunched posture while using electronic devices. This slouching posture stresses the muscles of your neck and strains your spine causing neck and shoulder tension and upper back pain. The discomfort usually builds over time, becomes painful and affects concentration.
How can chiropractic help with pregnancy?
Studies have shown that chiropractic can help decrease pain during pregnancy and labour. Treatments will help reduce low back pain, sciatica, mid-back pain as well as relieve aching muscles, help prepare for childbirth and help with a faster recovery.
If it’s a good idea to train before a marathon, doesn’t it seem like a good idea to “train” before pregnancy with chiropractic care?
Why do healthy people see a chiropractor?
That’s easy – for preventative maintenance. Just like you brush your teeth, moisturize your skin and stretch your muscles to keep them healthy. It’s just harder with your spine because we can’t see inside.
It’s easier to stay healthy than to get healthy. If you wait for a symptom to start, sometimes that symptom has been brewing for quite some time…like a bone spur. You wouldn’t wait for a cavity before brushing your teeth would you? Preventative maintenance chiropractic care keeps your joints aligned and lubricated, helps with muscle tension as well as decreases the speed of aging and degeneration.
We are all heading in the same direction, however if you take care of your body, you will stay healthier longer. Think of your car: If the alignment is good, your car runs more smoothly. Some people may take better care of their car than their bodies. Once you have the knowledge, you have the freedom to make a choice.
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Should I see a chiropractor if I’m already seeing a massage therapists?
Chiropractic care and massage therapy work hand in hand. Tight muscles will directly affect the joints they attach to and a misaligned joint will directly affect the muscles that attach to it. If your muscles are relaxed, it will be easier to realign your joints and the adjustment will last longer as the muscles will not play tug-of-war with the treatment.
Conversely, if your spine is aligned, the bones won’t pinch your nerves. This prevents muscle tension and spasms.
If your spine is misaligned, muscles can tighten and tense up to help support the unstable joint.
So you see…chiropractic and massage work together. Together, they give you the best results and optimal health for now and the future.