Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a drug-free, non-invasive manual procedure, which utilizes the highly refined skills developed during four intensive years of chiropractic education. Chiropractors assess disorders related to the spine, nervous system, and joints of the extremities and provide diagnosis, treatment and prevention of those disorders.
What goals does the Chiropractor have concerning patient care?
My primary goal as a chiropractor is to treat areas of decreased movement in the joints of the spine which can create a reaction in surrounding tissues (ligaments, muscles, and nerves) resulting in pain, dysfunction and muscular spasm. Therapeutic interventions such as stretching exercises, rehabilitation exercise, and myofascial therapy aid in the recovery and maintenance of spinal health.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is the loss of normal motion within the joints of the spine. The segments (vertebrae) that are subluxated are often out of alignment with the rest of the spine. This leads to an alteration in the body's biomechanics. The body will begin to compensate for these alterations and as a result compound the problem. Proper body mechanics is maintained through normal joint motion between each segment (vertebrae) of the spine.
How did my body get to this point?
Stress can affect the body in many different ways. There are three types of stress: Physical, Emotional, and Chemical. Stress is something everyone deals with everyday. It is the balance of rest and stress that our bodies need. Proper nutrition, rest, therapeutic interventions like chiropractic care, regular exercise and proper hydration all help your body to fight the stress naturally. An imbalance between stress and rest leads to decreased health potential and the onset of chronic pain.
Do Chiropractors only "adjust" the spine?
The main tool utilized by the chiropractor is the adjustment (inducing motion into the spinal joints). Dr. Szczepanik also utilizes Myofascial Release Therapy, PNF stretching, pelvic blocking, as well as exercise and rehabilitation advice to assist the treatment of patients.
What is the cracking noise?
The cracking or popping noise that is sometimes heard with manual chiropractic adjustments is simply gas being released from the joints of the spine.
Is Chiropractic only helpful for back pain and headaches?
Although these are the main complaints heard by the chiropractor, there are many other conditions that may be improved with chiropractic treatment. There is no "cure" issued by chiropractic care, but there is evidence to indicate that spinal manipulation may have a beneficial effect on a variety of conditions such as colds, earaches, and asthma. Below is a list of benefits and conditions that chiropractic care can help manage:
• Neck pain
• Headaches (migraine/tension)
• Low back pain
• Hip pain
• Disc herniation (disc syndromes)
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Repetitive stress injuries
• Osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease
• Shoulder pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Can Chiropractic treatment provide a preventative function?
Clinical experience suggests that individuals with chronic conditions such as Osteoarthritis or recurrent neck pain, back pain or headaches experience less frequent and less severe symptoms when under regular Chiropractic care. This also applies to individuals in highly stressful situations and those who experience repetitive physical and postural strain from their daily activities.
To make an appointment call Active Body Chiropractic Clinic at (519) 398-8598 conveniently located at 33 Princess Street (In the Princess Center, Suite 410) in Leamington. If you are a WSIB case or car accident case please inform the receptionist while making your first appointment.