Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?
The chiropractic healthcare system is based on the knowledge that the nervous system carries all the messages from the brain to every cell, tissue and organ of your body and back again. All the information vital for us to live long healthy lives flows through this system. When there is injury to the back, vertebra can come out of proper alignment. These misalignments, also known as “subluxations”, interfere with the messages flowing through your nerve system and result in pain and a loss of health, decreasing your quality of life.

The philosophy of chiropractic is that health comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn intelligence of our bodies, that does the healing.

The good news is that Dr. Kelly is an expert at finding areas of the spine suffering from these vertebral subluxations and reversing their effects. Once the chiropractic correction begins, the functions of all the life support systems of the body can improve on every level, including improvement of the health of spinal muscles, ligaments, and discs, improvement of posture and balance, and increased organ and tissue health.

What conditions benefit from Chiropractic care?
Although chiropractic is used most commonly to relieve low back and neck pain, a large number of scientific studies have found it to be very effective for a variety of conditions including migraine headaches, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, fibromyalgia, infantile colic and a number of other conditions. Read More»
What is a typical chiropractic treatment?
First, the cause of your problem is determined with a complete examination including physical, orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic tests.

Dr. Kelly will then explain your problem, tell you whether or not she feels chiropractic care is indicated, and an appropriate treatment plan will be recommended.

Then, gentle manipulation (or adjustments) to spinal or extremity joints are performed. Physio-therapy such as Electrical Muscle Stimulation, Cryotherapy, Kinesio Taping or Intersegmental mobilization may also be used.

In addition, massage can stretch tight muscles and personalized postural exercises retrain poor patterns of body motion.

Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?
No. At Brantford DOCS Chiropractic we use a variety of techniques to correct misalignments, in combination with targeted stretches, exercises and physical therapy modalities, making adjustments comfortable, effective and long-lasting. Most patients find chiropractic treatment makes them feel great. Occasionally, there may be soreness similar to how one feels after working out. Soreness from using muscles for the first time in a while is actually a good thing and resolves quickly. The soreness is caused by the stretching of scar tissue and the improved motion of the previously locked joint.

Most people report greater flexibility following an adjustment. A spinal adjustment performed by Dr. Kelly is extremely safe.

Am I too young/old for chiropractic care?
No, Dr. Kelly has treated patients ranging from one day old to over 100 years old! Click here to read more about chiropractic care for children.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Some people can make their joints “pop”, but that’s not an adjustment. Worse, damage can occur by mobilizing a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and take years to master. Even your chiropractor must consult a colleague to benefit from chiropractic care.
What is the popping sound heard during an adjustment?
The “pop” sometimes heard is caused by gas bubbles which form and pop as the joint and stabilizing ligaments move during the adjustment.
My MRI shows I have a disc problem. Do I need surgery?
Over 20% of normal adults with no symptoms will have a disc problem show on their MRI. Although each case is different, most problems respond well to conservative therapies such as chiropractic and massage. It’s your body. View surgery as a LAST resort.

Research shows: A bad disc doen’t always mean back surgery.

Can I receive chiropractic care after back surgery?
Yes. Rest assured that the healthcare professionals at Brantford DOCS will avoid the surgically altered areas of your spine. Surgery often causes instability above or below the involved levels. These areas will be the focus of your chiropractic care.
I was in a car accident. Should I see a Chiropractor?
If you are involved in an auto accident it is important to be evaluated to determine if there is a soft tissue injury.

Chiropractors focus on proper function of posture and the spine, nerves, muscles and ligaments, so the first thing evaluated is evidence of serious trauma such as fractures, etc.

Because the symptoms from a soft tissue injury may not show up until 3-7 days after the trauma, a thorough chiropractic examination is very important. Pain changes how a body moves, therefore after the initial pain improves, the body may adapt to moving differently.

Pain medication and muscle relaxers can mask the pain, but unless normal motion is restored, body motion will be unbalanced. Left untreated, the body adapts to the unbalanced pattern of motion, creating a chronic problem.

How does chiropractic help athletes achieve their best performance?
Chiropractors help athletes balance body and joint motion for optimal sports performance.

Chiropractic adjustments promote full range joint motion, stretch overly tight muscles, work underused muscles, and reduce stress from overused tissues.

Athletes cannot perform at peak ability unless they can move fully, with proper muscle balance and control.

Does insurance cover chiropractic?
Many insurance policies cover chiropractic services, although coverage varies from policy to policy. Please call our office or your insurance carrier to verify.
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