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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Your Oakville Chiropractor, Dr Richard Grolmus is always available to discuss your treatment options for your particular health concern. This service, a Complimentary 15-minute Consultation, is provided Free of Charge for the new and potential practice member (Call us today (905) 338-5558).
This is your opportunity to meet the doctor where he can provide valuable insight toward the services offered at our Oakville Chiropractic Clinic, which include:
Chiropractic; Laser Therapy; Custom Foot Orthotics and Compression Stockings; Chirothin Weight Loss; and Registered Massage Therapy.
Please review the following common questions that new practice members often have, so as to better familiarize yourself with our Chiropractic Clinic.
The primary focus of Chiropractic care is on attempting to restore and maintain the proper function and health of your joints, muscles and nerves through the use of a gentle and precise adjustment. A spinal adjustment serves to restore normal joint movement, optimize alignment, relieve pain and stimulate higher functions of your brain and nervous system thereby resulting in a renewed sense of vitality.
Will the chiropractor give me a spinal adjustment on the first visit?
Whether the patient receives an adjustment on the first visit or not, is left to the discretion of the examining Chiropractor. It depends on the examination findings and the patient's previous experience with chiropractic. There is always some form of treatment given if you are in severe pain and in need of urgent pain-relief treatment.
Is chiropractic care covered by OHIP?
As of 2004, Chiropractic services are no longer covered under OHIP, however, many extended health plans do cover all or a portion of chiropractic services. It is best to review your benefits plan to see what is covered in your policy. Should you not have any coverage for treatment, we do have affordable payment plans available which can be discussed confidentially with our patient coordinator. Do not hesitate to call us for a free consultation to discuss your needs.
What is the "cracking" noise I hear during an adjustment?
It is widely agreed that when a Chiropractor performs a manual adjustment or precisely moves a bone, a pressure difference is created within the synovial joint. Gases released cause an audible 'click' sound to be heard. This sound is similar to the sound made when 'cracking' your knuckles, but be assured, the bones themselves are not breaking or cracking!
Will I need X-rays?
Most chiropractors do recommend specific X-ray studies to be taken so that the actual bones and related structures can be visualized more precisely. X-rays can help confirm the diagnosis and can also rule out possible factors that may delay or interfere with optimal correction.
Do Chiropractors do massage therapy?
No. Chiropractors may do some soft tissue work (Active Release, Myo-fascial Trigger Point therapy, Graston) on tight muscles, however their main focus is how the dysfunction in your spine and peripheral joints ultimately effect the nervous system. At Oakville Injury and Pain Relief our Chiropractors work closely with our on-site registered massage therapist (RMT), Remi Provencal. This, in turn, provides you with a multi-professional approach toward your care while attending our Chiropractic and Laser Therapy Center.
Does a Chiropractic adjustment hurt?
In the majority of cases: NO. However, there may be some presenting conditions where injury and swelling has affected joint function and is in pain already. Every movement that the patient attempts already produces pain or discomfort, so when a Chiropractic adjustment is given, there may be some short-term discomfort experienced. The adjustment imparts the proper movement and alignment so that the interference to normal nerve transmission is minimized, which allows the innate healing ability of the body to work optimally.
The overall effect though, is to help you feel more mobile, relaxed and pain-free!
Do I need a prescription or a referral from my medical doctor in order to see a Chiropractor?
No referral or prescription is necessary. Doctors of Chiropractic are primary contact physicians and work hand in hand with progressive thinking medical doctors and specialists. Since Chiropractic is a drugless, healing profession, we do not prescribe drugs or medications either. We do, however, carry health products such as vitamins and mineral supplements.
Every Ontario resident is entitled to Chiropractic care without a medical prescription. Also, no medical referral is necessary to seek Chiropractic treatment after suffering injury from an involvement in a motor vehicle accident. With Ontario's no-fault insurance program, you are entitled to seek treatment at no-cost to you (providing effective insurance policy).
How long will I need Chiropractic care?
The length of time you are under chiropractic care varies among individuals. After the completion of your physical assessment and analysis of any X-ray study taken, your diagnosis and Treatment Plan will be discussed with you during your Report of Findings (usually on your second visit). After you have found relief from your problem during the initial phase of treatment, however long you choose to benefit from continued Chiropractic care is always your decision.
Most practice members find that their on-going and periodic Chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or understand the benefits of preventative or maintenance care, choose to continue with their adjustments to be pro-active with their natural health care program throughout life.
I am a very busy person, what is my time commitment to see the Chiropractor?
Unlike a medical or dental office visit, your visit to our Oakville Chiropractic clinic is brief in comparison. The first visit lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. This allows time for the history taking and the bio-mechanical Chiropractic examination. Each subsequent visit is somewhat condition specific and dependent on what procedures are performed can take anywhere from 5 - 25 minutes.
Will the Chiropractor recommend exercises for me?
Stabilizing the injured area by improving flexibility and strengthening the supporting muscular is the optimal approach to prevent a relapse of pain or dysfunction. As your Chiropractor, I will recommend alternatives to care, exercises and changes to your present lifestyle throughout your specific and tailored care plan designed to target key time windows in your rehabilitation.
What are my treatment options?
Dr Grolmus does offer a number of case-specific treatment options and a choice between a wide range of safe and effective Chiropractic approaches. There are a number of Chiropractic techniques that Dr Grolmus is specially trained to perform and have proven effective toward a great number of conditions and pain syndromes.
Thompson Terminal Point Technique - with the assistance of a high-tech Chiropractic drop table, specific low-force adjustments are performed on the spine and extremities in order to balance two key areas of nerve disturbance (upper neck and pelvis). With repeated gentle impulse adjustments, the table cushion gently drops and thereby transfers any forces through the table so that the patient remains relaxed and balanced.
The Activator Technique - is a specific chiropractic adjusting technique involving a low-force adjusting instrument (aka the 'clicker'). It works on the principle of balancing leg-lengths and neuro-reflexes. By restoring motion and nerve patterns to the key subluxated (restricted) joints in the body, the Activator adjustment decreases neurological stress, increases joint range-of-motion and decreases pain.
('Cold' or 'Low-Level') Laser Therapy - low level laser light is beamed into the body tissue around an injured or painful area. The light energy absorbed by the tissue stimulates and energizes the body's natural cellular pathways reducing pain and inflammation. This safe and painless therapy is approved by Health Canada and has been successfully used on a variety of soft tissue injuries. Many elite and professional athletes receive laser treatment after a strain or sprain injury to quickly get back to the competition.
At Oakville Injury and Pain Relief Center we are committed to inform our practice members of the health options. In numerous studies, patients who fully understand their condition and their doctor's recommendations, get well faster!
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