Mississauga Chiropractor and Mississauga Massage Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

One of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, chiropractic is a non-invasive, hands-on health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. (read more)

What should I expect on the initial visit?

Your chiropractor may be treating your back pain, neck pain, headache, or other aches and pains, but he or she needs a complete picture of your health history and overall current health in order to provide the best possible treatment for you.(read more)

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens the joint to restore proper movement and optimize function. (read more)

When should I see a chiropractor?

If pain causes interruptions and restrictions in the activities of your daily life then you should consult a health care provider. (read more)

Are chiropractic adjustments safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headache, and neck and back pain. It has an excellent safety record. However, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. Even common over-the-counter medicines carry a risk. (read more)

Does chiropractic care require a referral from an MD?

Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary. (read more)

Can chiropractic care cure other ailments beside back pain?

Chiropractic care cannot “cure” every ailment, but there is some evidence to indicate that adjustments may have a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions. Adjustment may alleviate some of the secondary or referred pain, arising from the response of the musculoskeletal structures to the primary cause. (read more)

How many Ontarians use chiropractic?

Chiropractic is one of the largest primary-contact health care professions in Ontario, with more than 3,100 practicing chiropractors. Approximately 1.2 million Ontarians use the services of a chiropractor each year to help them get back to work, and back to doing the things they love. (read more)

Are there many athletes who use chiropractic?

Yes. Many amateur and professional athletes use chiropractic treatment as part of their overall health care, fitness and maintenance program. Chiropractic is often used to improve muscle and joint conditioning, which has a direct effect on an athletic performance. Treatment works to improve biomechanical function and enhance overall conditioning, important in situations where there is continuous repetitive movement. Chiropractic care also help athletes fine-tune their muscles and joints for high level performance, and may reduce long term wear and tear. Finally, treatment can be used to prevent, and sometime shorten, the healing time of injuries. (read more)

Does chiropractic care require x-rays?

X-rays can play an importantrole in diagnosis and are taken when a need has been determined after taking a patient case history and conducting a physical examination. Chiropractors receive 360 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics from protection to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province haverecognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right. (read more)

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissue structures, through a variety of techniques ranging from rehabilitative to relaxing. The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons, fascia, ligaments and joint capsules. (read more)