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Our Treatment Approach

1. Is Chiropractic Safe?
2. What sort of training do Chiropractors have?
3. What should I Expect for the First Visit?
4. Chiropractic as a Primary Health Care Provider?
5. Is Chiropractic Affordable?

Is Chiropractic Safe?

The safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment have been studied in-depth and very carefully. Studies have found chiropractic to be extremely safe and most effective in alleviating back pain, neck pain, headaches and most other musculoskeletal conditions. If Dr. Johnson diagnoses a condition more appropriately treated by another health care professional, he will make a referral.

Adverse reactions from chiropractic treatment are rare. Dr. Johnson will discuss potential side effects, along with the benefits of care you receive.

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What sort of training do Chiropractors have?

In Canada, chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of three years university, followed by four years at an accredited chiropractic college. As a student, they receive over 4500 hours of education, much of it in supervised clinical practice. Once students have completed their education, they must pass a stringent set of licensing exams to earn the right to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Chiropractors are one of only five health professionals permitted to use the title “doctor”.

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What should I Expect for the First Visit?

While Dr. Johnson may be treating pain, discomfort or decreased range of motion in your back, arms, legs, neck or any other joint, he is also concerned about the role your spine plays in your overall health. He needs a complete picture of your health in order to provide the best possible care and treatment for you as an individual.

Plan to spend between 45 - 60 minutes on your first visit. You will have a private one-on-one consultation with Dr. Johnson where you share your health challenges, history and goals. Following this initial consultation, you will have plan in place to assist in ending your pain and restoring your health.

During this initial consultation Dr. Johnson may ask you about the following:

• personal & family medical history
• major illnesses you have experienced
• surgeries or operations you have had
• medications you are currently taking
• personal description of your current condition
• steps you have taken to manage your condition
• diet and exercise patterns
• sleep habits, daily activities, stress levels, work routine, home life

He may also ask you to perform some of these tests:

• check of your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate
• test your reflexes, sensations and strength
• assessment of your posture
• analysis of your movement (observe your ability to bend, turn, walk, as well as your range of motion)
• a hands-on evaluation of your spine and affected joints

Both your input and his assessment provide a more complete picture of your overall health and well-being. If, in Dr. Johnson’s opinion, you are a candidate for chiropractic care, he will give his best recommendations for cared.

TIP: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for your visit to Dr. Johnson!

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Chiropractic as a Primary Health Care Provider?

By law in Ontario, a Chiropractor is a primary health care provider. This means that you have the ability to see a chiropractor if you so choose, without referral from your family physician.

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Is Chiropractic Affordable?

Chiropractic treatment is often covered by Extended Health Care plans, Car Accident Insurance and WSIB. As a patient, you are responsible for payment of services. If you have coverage under an extended health care (EHC) plan or other insurance policy, it is your responsibility to complete and submit the appropriate claim forms and documentation to your insurance company or plan administrator.

The original patient invoice provided by our office is usually required by your insurer/plan administrator to support your claim. In most cases this invoice will contain all necessary information required by your plan, however if you are asked for additional information, or require a duplicate copy of your original invoice, we will be pleased to assist you.

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