Found below are some frequently asked questions about Oakville Chiropractic Centre along with some general questions pertaining to our scope of practice. If you have any questions about any of the following information or anything pertaining to us at OCC, please don’t hesitate to come in and ask. Our professionals are always on hand and would be happy to field any inquiries you have about leading a happier, healthier life.
Chiropractors help people deal with both acute and chronic pain, along with ensuring that the body's central nervous system is functioning at his highest potential. The main focus is on the struction and movement of the joints of the body and the effects that it can have on the muscular, nervous and skeletal system. By restoring the proper movement to the joints of the body, the body can function in the way it was designed to keep people feeling good. In addition to helping people with pain, we help people increase their ability to move, and move well. Chiropractors not only work with people on pain management and maintenance, but often with athletes, weight lifters and other people looking to increase their performance. In simple terms, "things that aren’t moving enough we make move more and things that are moving too much we make move less".
As a matter of fact, the number of hours in school is actually quite similar with a great deal of overlap in the two programs. Chiropractic has about 4450 hours or approximately 200 hours more than medicine. The overlap of basic sciences is similar but chiropractic spends a great deal more time with the skeletal system, muscles, nervous system, nutrition, exercise physiology, and of course body mechanics whereas medicine learns more about drugs and surgery.
Otherwise known as joint manipulation, a chiropractic adjustment is one of the methods a chiropractor uses to restore the movement and functions of joints in the body. Most chiropractors focus is on the spine, however; nearly every joint in the body can be adjusted. An adjustment consists of a quick, gentle force being applied to a joint in a very specific direction. This force helps us restore the motion that was altered in that joint.
No, a well performed adjustment should not hurt. In most cases it feels like an instant release of pressure; however, in some cases people experience some mild soreness in the days following an adjustment. This is a completely normal response by the body. This can occur since you may be seeing a chiropractor because you are in pain, so some temporary increase in soreness is expected. In other cases, you may have an increase in soreness since we may be moving your body and joints in a way that they have not moved for a long time. This would be equivalent if you were to go to the gym and afterwards your muscles feel sore. I often tell my patients that this is a “good sore”.
We have adjusted newborns only hours old and every stage of life from there on. Naturally there are changes in the techniques that are utilized but we find that children respond particularly well to conservative chiropractic care.