Chiropractic FAQ's

What is a subluxation or spinal misalignment?

A vertebral subluxation or spinal misalignment occurs in the spine when two or more spinal bones lose motion and interfere with the nerve messages from the brain to the body (and vise verse). This affects muscle balance and the function of the organs (and the chemicals and hormones they produce). These misalignments in the spine may or may not produce pain.

What causes a subluxation or misalignment?

They are caused by stresses or forces that the body has been unable to adapt to:

PHYSICAL STRESSES, such as knocks and falls during childhood, whiplash trauma, prolonged sitting or standing. The birth process itself exerts pressure on the spine and nervous system and the use of forceps or vacuum can create further distress.

CHEMICAL STRESSES, include anything from too much alcohol, sugar, toxins, and preservatives to breathing environmental pollutants. These upset body chemistry which disrupts the tone of both muscle and ligaments resulting in problems.

MENTAL STRESS, may result from combating work or relationship pressure, causing ligaments and muscle to tighten, and if sustained can create significant physiological changes.

What does a Chiropractic adjustment entail?

An adjustment is a very specific pressure applied to the spine to help the body heal. There are many ways (techniques) to adjust the spine. After years of training and clinical experience, your Chiropractor is highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches.

What causes the noise?

The popping noise that is sometimes associated with certain techniques is due to gas (80% carbon dioxide) rushing to fill a vacuum when the joint surfaces move slightly. This is painless. Some techniques produce no sound at all.

How will I feel after an adjustment?

Generally, people report they feel "lighter", more relaxed and sleep better, even after the first adjustment.

What results can I expect?

Your body has an incredible capacity to heal itself. Many people find they have more energy, they sleep better, have better concentration, or a greater ability to resist disease and illness. Other people find their headache, neck, or back pain, significantly diminished. Most people in fact are delighted with the success and results they have with Chiropractic care.

What should I expect during a new patient visit?

We will take a thorough health history and consultation, physical examination including neurological, orthopedic and Chiropractic specific testing, and referral for X- Ray if required.

Does everyone need an X-Ray?

No. X-Ray's are only needed when clinically indicated. X-Rays allow for diagnosis of various conditions such as arthritis, scoliosis, and osteoporosis and is also used to rule out more sinister causes of spinal problems. Your Chiropractor will determine whether or not this is required based on your history and examination findings. Children rarely need an X-Ray. Pregnant woman are never X-Rayed.

Is Chiropractic appropriate for all ages?

Yes. At our clinic we see a range of people from all age groups and backgrounds. From 1 day old to 100 years old!!! The techniques and methods used are appropriate for the particular age group and range from exceptionally gentle adjustments to a more sports based approach.

Contact us directly with any queries you may have:

Shelburne: 519-925-3400
Dundalk: 519-923-2260
Email: drsheldalk@gmail.com