Chiropractor Care FAQ
The “cracking” sound, often heard when an adjustment is performed, is the release of gases in between the joints when the joint is moved beyond a certain range of motion. This is a completely normal sound that is heard almost like when someone “cracks” their knuckles. Often times, the patient experiences an immediate increase in range of motion and a decrease in pain in the area of the spine where the adjustment took place.
Yes. There are many other methods that we as chiropractors can utilize to treat a patient efficiently and effectively without producing an audible adjustment. At Connor Chiropractic and Wellness, we make use of an instrument called an Activator that delivers quick impulses to the joints which induces movement and range of motion. In addition, we use Thompson Tables that come equipped with a hydraulic system that allows us to perform adjustments utilizing the weight of the patient.
The easiest way to answer this question is to provide an analogy. We brush our teeth everyday to keep them clean and free from gum disease, cavities, and any other ailments. We depend on our spine everyday to give us the ability to get up from bed, walk around and carry out our activities of daily living. There is a constant downward pressure from gravity that is placed on our spinal joints let alone some occupations which require individuals to carry around objects all day. When there is pressure on our joints, this can sometimes lead to pain and over time degenerative changes that occur in our spine. The only way to overcome and prevent this process is to keep the joints moving which can be accomplished by getting regular spinal adjustments
Massage Therapy FAQ
The frequency of treatment needed by each individual differs based on their reason for therapy.
For relaxation or general maintenance, an average of 1 treatment every 4-6 weeks is recommended. For specific ailments, the frequency and length of treatment will depend entirely on the degree of pain or discomfort, the type of injury and the amount of time that has passed since the onset of the pain or injury. Your therapist will be able to tell you more during your first visit.
Massage therapy is a safe and effective treatment for people of all ages from birth until the palliative care stages. The length and frequency of the treatments, as well as the type of pressure used will change depending on the age of the person receiving the massage. Written consent is required by the parent for children under the age of 16.
Most people report feeling very relaxed, and experience significant relief from aches, pains and stress after a massage. However, those who require deep-tissue massage may experience mild muscle soreness which may last a day or two. Once the soreness is gone, they often feel significant reduction in the symptoms that brought them to massage therapy in the first place.
You will only be asked to remove the articles of clothing that you are comfortable with removing. Although, massage therapy treatments work best administered directly on the skin, without the barrier of clothing, massage can be effectively administered through the clothing as well. During a session you will be fully covered with a sheet/blanket and only the area of your body that is being worked on will be uncovered. Before and after the session, you will undress and dress in complete privacy.
While massage therapy treatments are not covered by the Ministry of Health, many private insurance companies provide full or partial coverage under extended health care plans. Check with your employer to find out the details and whether or not a doctor referral is required.
Ice is commonly used within the first 48 hours following an injury to help reduce swelling. Use ice after injuries such as an ankle sprain where swelling is evident. Ice may also be used for chronic conditions, such as overuse injuries in athletes. Ice the injured area after activity to help reduce inflammation. Never ice a chronic injury before activity. Ice an injury for no more than 15 minutes at a time; Icing longer can cause more harm than good. Allow the area to warm back up to room temperature before reapplying ice.
Heat should be used for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues, and to stimulate blood flow to the area. Use heat treatments on chronic conditions, such as muscle strains before participating in activities. Do not use heat treatments after an acute injury. Use heat for 15-20 minutes at a time. Never apply a heating pad to an injury while sleeping.
Custom Orthotics FAQ
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