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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic, the largest complementary and alternative health profession, is the third largest area of healthcare (after standard medicine and dentistry). Originating from the Greek words meaning "treatment by hand," chiropractic involves manual manipulation of the body in order to promote healing and wellness. After an assessment of your condition, you will receive a diagnosis and an individualized treatment plan will be developed.

Chiropractic care utilizes traditional diagnostic methods involving a thorough history and evaluation and - when necessary - testing methods such as x-rays, MRIs and lab work. Treatments may include manipulation (adjustments) of spinal or other joints, stretching, and applications of physiotherapies including cold or hot packs. Treatment frequency and duration varies on the condition being treated.

Although the ultimate goals are to reduce pain and normalize function, chiropractic care prides itself in assisting the improvement of the overall health of an individual, and thus, quality of life. Specific recommendations, such as nutritional counseling, exercise and pain management techniques may be included to encourage the practice of healthy choices that create a more successful and balanced lifestyle.

What to expect

Your first visit will require you to complete paperwork regarding your full health history. This is done to ensure a safe and effective treatment. These forms are available at the office but can also be printed from the website for you to bring. If you will be completing the form at the office, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Please come with your driver's license and insurance card (if applicable).

You can expect this first appointment to take approximately 45 minutes as Dr. Derek performs diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your pain, and then works alongside you to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Please wear loose fitting clothing such as a t-shirt and shorts. Layers or thick materials may be difficult to work through.

Subsequent appointments will be shorter; approximately 20 minutes.

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