What training and education do Chiropractors receive?
In Canada, chiropractors must complete a minimum seven years of specific post-secondary education from an accredited chiropractic college. When chiropractors graduate, they complete a 4,500 hour classroom and clinical program (this usually takes 4 – 5 years).
To be a chiropractor in Alberta Chiropractors must successfully pass national board exams and continue building on professional competency by taking certain seminars and courses throughout the year.
What is the ‘popping’ noise you sometimes hear when your get adjusted?
The popping noise is coming from the fluid in your joints. The fluid acts as a lubricant between the bones of the joint. When a joint is adjusted, there is a pressure release (like opening a can of soda) and sometimes it makes a ‘pop’ sound.
How many treatments will I need for my problem?
We recommend the frequency and number of treatments that you need based on several factors such as:
recommended treatment guidelines
how long you have had the problem
previous injuries to the area
complicating factors (i.e. – osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease)
Everyone heals at different rates, so we monitor your progress throughout your treatment and make changes accordingly. We do not use a cookie-cutter approach for every problem, your treatment plan is designed specifically for your problem and body type. We also consider the demands on your body from daily life, work and/or sports activities.
Why do I need a treatment plan?
The first phase of chiropractic treatment is to address and resolve your pain. Treatments are scheduled close together to achieve this goal as quickly as possible. As your pain symptoms reduce, the second phase of your treatment will shift away from pain management to corrective care. In corrective care treatments are less frequent but still necessary to make sure that your spine has time to stabilize and that the surrounding tissues are strong. Stopping treatment prematurely will leave you prone to re-injury. Home stretching and/or exercises may also be part of your treatment program.