Doctors of chiropractic are extensively educated in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis and management of spine, muscle and nervous system (also known as musculoskeletal or MSK) conditions. They recommend a course of treatment to help relieve pain and improve function without surgery or pharmaceuticals such as manipulation, soft tissue therapy, exercise, modalities (ultrasound, laser, etc.), rehabilitation, and patient education. Chiropractors are also trained to provide nutritional counseling, as well as recommend injury prevention strategies.
Specific training in spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) allows chiropractors to provide adjustments using highly-skilled and precise movements to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.
When Should You See A Chiropractor?
The best time to see your chiropractor is immediately after you suffer an injury or within two days of feeling the pain associated with the trauma. If you find that aches are limiting you from sleeping well, sitting or walking, we recommend that you see your chiropractor as soon as possible. The earlier you see your chiropractor, the greater chance there is for a full recovery.
What conditions can benefit chiropractic care?
- Neck pain
- Hip and Lower Back Pain
- Knee pain
- Head Injuries (i.e. concussions/whiplash injuries)
- Shoulder injuries (i.e. rotator cuff tears, tendonitis)
- Elbow and wrist injuries/pain (i.e. tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Foot and/or ankle injuries (i.e. plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis)
- Sports injuries
- Pregnancy-related pain
- Joint sprains or instability
- Disc herniation
What are the benefits of chiropractic care?
- Improved movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
- Better posture
- Relief from headaches, neck and back pain
- Prevention of work-related muscle and joint injuries
- Enhanced athletic performance
- Improved flexibility
- Relief of pregnancy-related backache
- Correction of gait and foot problems
Who can benefit from chiropractic care?
Everyone with a spine can benefit from chiropractic care including children, adults, elderly, athletes and pregnant patients.
How can chiropractic help?
A chiropractor can properly assess, diagnose and treat sports injuries and help you prevent them from reoccurring.
Reduce pain: Conservative joint manipulation and manual mobilization as well as soft tissue therapy can increase your range of motion and relieve pain.
Relieve fatigued, aching muscles: Chiropractic treatment plans can include manual therapies complemented by modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and acupuncture as well as soft tissue therapy.
Ensure a faster return to sports: Regular chiropractic care, combined with rehabilitation help an athlete return to play faster and prevent future reoccurrence.
Reduce back and pelvic pain: Conservative care including spinal manipulation and mobilization of joints and soft tissue therapy can help reduce pain and improve function.
Relieve fatigued, aching muscles: Chiropractic treatment plans can include soft tissue therapy and various modalities including TENS, IFC, and acupuncture among others. Chiropractors can also recommend exercises to help rehabilitate postural changes.
Help prepare for childbirth: A chiropractor can recommend safe, effective exercises and stretches to help prepare your body for the baby’s delivery.
Ensure a faster recovery: As part of a comprehensive plan of management, chiropractic treatment can help manage quicker recovery and address post-natal biomechanical complaints and rehabilitation.
Do I need a referral from my family doctor to see a chiropractor?
No, Chiropractors are primary healthcare providers and you do not need a referral to see one.
How is chiropractic fee covered?
Extended Health Insurance: most extended health insurance cover chiropractic care between $300-500 every year. You can contact your provider directly for more information on your plan’s coverage.
MSP: provides partial coverage for patients who qualify for premium assistance for up to 10 visits per year.
ICBC: provides coverage for motor vehicle accident patient with a valid claim number.
For ICBC services with an accident date AFTER April 1, 2019:
You are eligible for 25 pre-authorized chiropractic treatments within 12 weeks of your accident (No referral needed). After 12 weeks of MVA, you require ICBC approval for any treatment.
For ICBC services with an accident date BEFORE April 1, 2019:
Car accidents that have occurred before April 1, 2019 might or might not have pre-authorized treatments. All chiropractic treatments must be approved by the handling ICBC Adjuster PRIOR to starting treatment and in most cases, require a doctors note or referral. Please contact us for more information or to find out if you qualify.
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