What is an adjustment?
An adjustment is a highly skilled move applied either by hand or instrument to the vertebral joints of your spine, or any other joint in your body. The adjustment itself consists of a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust once the joint has reached a point of tension. An adjustment restores joint movement and function.
How are chiropractors educated?
Chiropractic, or Doctors of Chiropractic are educated as primary-contact healthcare providers, with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them.
Educational requirements for chiropractors are among the most stringent of any of the healthcare professions. The typical applicant has nearly completed all the requirements for graduation of an undergraduate degree (usually in health sciences) before applying for a chiropractic program. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college you begin a four-year, full-time program at an accredited chiropractic program, which includes an internship. Chiropractors are educated in orthopaedics, neurology, physiology, human anatomy, clinical diagnosis including laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, exercise, nutrition, rehabilitation and more. Because chiropractic care includes highly skilled manipulation and adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical technique training to master these important manipulative procedures.
Along with graduating from the accredited chiropractic program, a chiropractor wishing to practice in Canada must pass three comprehensive national examinations. These national examinations allow for regulation of chiropractors as health professionals.
What research has been done on chiropractic care?
At roughly 125 years old, chiropractic is a relatively new healing discipline, but one that is firmly grounded in science. Chiropractors offer a safe, non-invasive treatment option for various musculoskeletal problems. There is extensive research that has been done in Canada and internationally supporting the safety and effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy (adjustments) provided by chiropractors.
Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?
No, you don’t need a referral to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact healthcare professionals, meaning you can consult us directly! Though you may be referred to a chiropractor, you certainly do not need one.
Is chiropractic care covered by health insurance?
There is extensive coverage for chiropractic care by health insurance providers (aka third-party payers). The most common coverage we see is through a patient’s employee benefits, but there are several other ways to be covered for chiropractic care. In Ontario, there is no provincial coverage for chiropractic care.
Does chiropractic treatment usually require x-rays?
A chiropractor will determine the necessity for taking x-rays following a patient’s case history and conducting a physical examination. X-rays are an incredibly helpful tool that plays an important role in diagnosing certain conditions. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.
What conditions do chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors are educated and trained to treat a variety of health conditions. Chiropractors are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Though these conditions are certainly common, there are several other conditions a chiropractor can treat. Chiropractors care for patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions, which includes injuries to muscles, ligaments, and joints. These painful conditions may involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. Along with treating these conditions, a chiropractor may offer advice on nutrition, rehabilitation, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational or lifestyle modifications.
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
Yes! Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest non-drug, non-invasive forms of health care for treatment of musculoskeletal complaints, and can help to avoid drugs and risky surgery. The risk of injury with chiropractic care is very small; statistics show that adjustments are many times safer than taking over-the-counter pain medications. Many patients will experience relief of their symptoms immediately, however some patients may experience some local soreness, swelling, or stiffness after treatment that will subside in about 24 hours; much like after exercising. Your chiropractor can assess you thoroughly and let you know if chiropractic care is right for you.
A patient’s initial examination will include screening protocols to minimize risk. These screening protocols include taking an in-depth history, taking the patient’s blood pressure, listening to major arteries through a stethoscope, reviewing any medications the patient is taking, and more. Chiropractors are well trained health care professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education prepares them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to ensure those patients receive the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral to a medical specialist.
My neck really hurts (or I have headaches), but I do not want my neck adjusted. How can a chiropractor help me?
If a patient does not want their neck adjusted, your chiropractor is able to perform other treatments that can help your symptoms. If a patient is okay with having their neck adjusted, just not by hand, a chiropractor can use an Activator to deliver a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust into the problematic joint(s). If a patient is against having their neck adjusted by hand and with an instrument, their chiropractor can perform treatment on the muscles, ligaments, and fascia affecting the joint while also providing joint mobilizations and stretches.
Is chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children of all ages can be candidates for chiropractic care; from an hours-old baby to a late teenager. Chiropractors are trained in adjusting children of all ages and all developmental stages. Children’s bodies undergo a lot, from childbirth to everyday bump and bruises. Chiropractic care is always tailored to the patient, and children are no different. In the case of children, chiropractic care is very gentle, sometimes requiring only the amount of pressure it takes to blanche your fingernail.
How is a chiropractic adjustment performed?
A chiropractic adjustment uses a highly skilled movement that a chiropractor develops during their extensive education. The adjustment is typically done by hand, but can also be done using very specific instruments. When performing an adjustment, a chiropractor will move the joint so it is at its point of tension. Once the joint is at its point of tension, the chiropractor will deliver a very specific thrust into the joint. You may hear a click or pop when the chiropractor delivers the thrust. This sound is the release of a gas bubble in the joint, which is completely normal and expected.
Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?
When a chiropractor delivers a skilled, specific thrust into a joint that is at tension, there is often a click or popping sound. This sound is the release of a gas bubble in the joint, which is completely normal and expected. The gas is released because of the pressure change in the joint. This click, pop, or cracking sound is the same as when someone “cracks” their knuckles.
What type of payments do you accept?
We accept all payment types. Our point-of-sale machine can process all credit and debit cards via tap, chip insertion, or swipe. We also accept cash, or e-transfers that are received while the patient is still in the office.
Do I pay you? Or can you directly bill it to my insurance?
Many insurance plans allow us to bill directly to them. If you bring your insurance information to your visit, we are more than happy to direct bill your insurer to save you a step.
How do I book?
We offer multiple ways to book. A lot of our patients choose to call or text Dr. Young directly at (905) 904-2379, which works for both locations. Specifically for Markham, you can also call our office number (905) 472-5644. We encourage patients to utilize our online booking platform by visiting www.youngchiropractic.ca and following the prompts to our booking site.
Dr. Young is awesome and seems to genuinely care about his patients. He made my first visit very welcoming and I walked out feeling amazing.
1 Mintleaf Gate, Unit 10
Office: (905) 472-5644
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 12pm - 8pm
Friday 9am - 2pm
282 Main Street North, Suite 200
Office: (905) 904-2379
Monday | Thursday 11am - 7pm
Tuesday | Friday 8am - 3pm
Saturday 10 am - 2 pm by appointment only
All photos of Dr. Young and the clinic were taken by Justyne Edgell @je_photoanddesign