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Chiropractic Care

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What does ‘chiropractic care’ mean?

The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.” Chiropractic is a health-care profession that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and overall management of conditions that are due to problems with the muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves of the body. Commonly treated conditions include: neck pain; back pain; headaches; sciatica; sprains/strains; and work and sports injuries. Treatment plans are drug and surgery free, and may include manual adjustments, laser therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and interferential current. Patient treatment plans are individualized and designed to improve the function of the joints, relieve pain and muscle spasm, and improve nerve function. Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counseling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.

What is an ‘adjustment’?

An ‘adjustment’ is the most common form of treatment utilized by chiropractors. Adjustments are highly skilled and precise movements, usually applied by hand, to a joint of the body. The joint targeted by the adjustment is one that is not moving properly. The adjustment applied to this dysfunctional joint restores proper movement and function. If the joint has been stuck or not moving properly for a long time, then the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, joint capsules) connected to the joint get used to their positions and have a tendency to go back to their original position and length. It may take several adjustments before the dysfunctional joint regains full movement and does not lock up again.

Along with adjustments to the joint, exercises may be provided to help improve and maintain mobility, and strengthen any weaknesses in the soft tissues to prevent a relapse in symptoms.

Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side-effects such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. At Alliance Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic, the chiropractors are well-trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.

Is chiropractic safe?

Yes! Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that includes manual therapy and avoids drugs or invasive procedures. Chiropractic care is much safer than surgery, muscle relaxants, or even common aspirin.

Do I need a medical doctor’s referral to see a chiropractor?

No. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health professionals in every province in Canada. This means that patients can consult them directly without a medical doctor referral. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors as necessary.

Does OHIP cover chiropractic treatment?

Currently, chiropractic care is covered by most employee benefit plans but not OHIP.

How often do I need to see a chiropractor?

Frequency of care is individualized depending on several factors. The length and frequency of care depends on: the diagnosis; how long the problem has existed; the patient’s age; and any other complicating health conditions. After a thorough history and physical exam, the chiropractor will review an individual plan of management with each patient.

What is the difference between physiotherapy and chiropractic care?

Differences:

  1. Physiotherapists are not licensed to diagnose (therefore not able to use the title doctor).
  2. Physiotherapists are not able to take or read x-rays.
  3. Physiotherapists are not able to perform joint manipulation (unless they have taken post graduate work).

Similarities:

  1. Both can use physical modalities (electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, laser therapy etc.).
  2. Both can prescribe exercise programs for rehabilitation.
  3. Both can perform soft tissue therapy.
  4. Both can perform joint mobilizations.
  5. Both are primary contact care providers (medical doctor referral is not necessary).

What kind of training does a chiropractor have?

In Canada, a chiropractor spends four years at an accredited chiropractic institution, receiving more than 4,200 hours of specialized clinical training, and graduating with a ‘Doctor of Chiropractic’. The minimum academic requirement for admission to an accredited chiropractic institution is three full years (15 full year courses or 90 credit hours) of undergraduate university study in Canada.

The chiropractic curriculum at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (Toronto) includes studies in anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, nutrition, chiropractic principles, and diagnostic and adjustment techniques.

As primary care practitioners, chiropractors can develop and carry out a comprehensive treatment / management plan; recommend therapeutic exercise and other non-invasive therapies; and provide nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.

Chiropractors are one of five classes of health care professionals in Ontario that are able to use the title Doctor, with its accompanying rights and obligations. Doctors are licensed to make a diagnosis, and therapists are not.

Chiropractic is regulated by provincial statute. Each province has a regulatory college, established by legislation in the same manner and with the same structure and similar regulations as the regulatory bodies for other health care professions.

Regulatory colleges are responsible for protecting the public, setting standards of practice, assuring quality of care is maintained, evaluating and promoting competency, and handling disciplinary issues. Ontario’s chiropractors are regulated and licensed by the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.

Do children benefit from chiropractic care?

Yes. Many of the problems experienced as adults start as children. Birth trauma (from breach positioning, vacuum or forceps extraction), falls, sports injuries, scoliosis, etc. can cause abnormal function in joints and soft tissues. These problems many not initially cause any symptoms (such as discomfort, pain, or immobility), but over time they place more wear and tear on a body, and create weak points that are more prone to injury and symptoms as the child becomes an adult. Periodic check-ups can detect and treat these weak points before they become a bigger problem in the future.

Once I start chiropractic care, do I have to go regularly to continue to see benefits?

It depends. Many people who experience the full benefits of chiropractic continue with a maintenance care plan to get checked and adjusted regularly. Acute chiropractic care addresses short term conditions but many patients continue with a maintenance care plan because they want ongoing checkups to ensure prevention of a previous condition or to maintain optimal levels of health. Many patients feel more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of regular chiropractic care. Regular spinal checkups fit in with a healthy lifestyle where prevention of illness and disease is the priority. Whether your goal is to relieve symptoms (acute care) or to maintain optimum health by preventing a recurrent condition or simply being checked regularly (maintenance care) - our chiropractors can help you achieve it.

My benefits cover chiropractic care so how does payment work?

The patient is responsible for payment on the day the service is delivered. We provide you with a receipt and you submit it to your extended health insurance company for reimbursement.

Where are you located?

Alliance Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic is conveniently located in the Ancaster Meadowlands, on Golf Links Road, just off of the 403. Located right beside the Shell gas station, the closest intersection is Legend Court and Golf Links Road. We are in the three storey office building, and you can access our clinic by driving to the parking lot at the rear of the building (facing Costco). You will find ample free parking.

Our complete address is:

101 - 911 Golf Links Rd.
Ancaster ON L9K 1H9.

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Is there parking at your office?

Yes, there is free parking available at the office. The closest parking for patients is available at the back of the building by the clinic entrance.

How do I book an appointment?

Please call 905-648-0661 to book an appointment with any of the health care providers at the clinic. Our team of chiropractors, massage therapists, naturopaths, and office administrative staff look forward to helping you reach your health care goals.

Can I make an appointment online?

Please call the office directly at 905-648-0661 and speak to one of our office staff to book, cancel, or reschedule an appointment. They maintain the most current appointment bookings, and can ensure you are scheduled at a suitable time, and for the appropriate block of time. If calling outside of core clinic hours, please leave a telephone message.

Our general clinic email address (info@alliancechiroandwellness.com) is not checked daily and is intended for general clinic inquiries and information, and not for appointment bookings.

Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?

Yes. Evening appointments for chiropractic care are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. This includes laser therapy, electrical therapies (electrical muscle stimulation and interferential current), sports injury care , and custom foot orthotics . Emergency weekend chiropractic care is available, and patients should call the office (905-648-0661) to confirm the doctor’s availability and leave a message if required.

Evening appointments for massage therapy are offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Saturday morning appointments are also available. Evening appointments for naturopathic medicine and acupuncture are available on Monday. Patients should call the office to confirm practitioner availability or refer to their office hours online.

Are all of your practitioners and therapists licensed?

Yes. All of our practitioners are licensed under their respective colleges. This includes the health care providers who provide chiropractic care , laser therapy, electrical therapies (electrical muscle stimulation and interferential current), sports injury care , custom foot orthotics , massage therapy , naturopathic medicine , and acupuncture .

Do you provide care for motor vehicle accident injuries?

Yes. Chiropractic care is very effective for treating motor vehicle accident injuries. Many people experience neck pain, numbness and tingling, headaches, dizziness, and back pain following motor vehicle accidents. These types of symptoms respond very well with chiropractic care . Common injuries in motor vehicle accidents are whiplash, rotator cuff tears, sprains and strains, and vertigo. In addition, patients have access to massage therapy within the clinic, if required. Fees for motor vehicle injury treatment are covered by auto insurance, extended health insurance, or a combination of both.

Do you provide care for workplace injuries?

Yes. The workplace safety and insurance board is billed directly for treatment that has been approved.

What are your fees?

Fees vary depending on practitioner and services rendered. For a complete schedule, please review our fee schedule.

What payment methods do you accept?

Cash, debit, Visa, or Mastercard may be used to pay for chiropractic care , laser therapy, electrical therapies , sports injury care , and custom foot orthotics . Cash or cheque may be used to pay for massage therapy . Cash, cheque, or debit may be used for naturopathic care and acupuncture .

Do I need to pay at each visit?

Payment is required at each visit. For patients receiving chiropractic care , pre-paid packages are also available. Please speak to our front desk staff for additional information.

What services are offered within the clinic?

The following services are available at Alliance Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic:

Do you carry orthotics?

Yes. We have a wide variety of custom foot orthotics and orthopedic shoes designed to meet your needs. Whether you require biomechanical correction for day to day activities, sports or work we can recommend and build custom orthotics or source orthopedic shoes as required. Our products are sourced from a variety of companies, researched to provide the best value for our patients. All foot orthotics are custom built by a chiropodist.

Do I need a referral to see the naturopath or massage therapist?

You do not need a referral to make an appointment with any of our practitioners. Depending on your extended health coverage, some plans may require a referral from a chiropractor or medical doctor for the services to be covered.

Are other services covered under most employee benefits?

Chiropractic care , massage therapy , naturopathic medicine , and custom foot orthotics are covered under most extended employee health benefit plans. However each company’s plan is unique, so please review your extended benefits coverage.

Can you help with a sport related injury?

Our clinic staff have extensive experience working with athletes of all ages and levels of competition. Chiropractors are often the primary care provider for treating sport specific injuries and our clinic has treated patients with sprains and strains, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, runners’ knee (ilio-tibial band syndrome), patellar tendinitis, partial ACL tears, and Osgood Schlatters disease. For additional information on the services offered to athletes, please refer to our Sports Injury Care page.

Can you help with strength and conditioning and improving athletic performance?

Our staff have also worked with many elite teams to design sport specific training and conditioning programs. These includes designing, recommending, and assisting athletes through sport specific stretches and exercises for warm up and cool down, strengthening and conditioning, and performance improvement. Please call the office directly to see what options may work best for your athlete or team. Some organizations that our staff have worked with include Transway Basketball, Blessed Sacrament Basketball, Mountain Volleyball Club, Peel Selects Volleyball Club, and Martial Arts Fighting Academy.

What is laser therapy and how can it help?

Cold laser therapy is a treatment modality used at Alliance Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic to treat a range of medical conditions and injuries. Commonly treated conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome; sciatica; runner’s knee (patello-femoral syndrome); jumper’s knee (patella-tendinitis); heel pain (plantar fasciitis); sprains; strains; back pain; and neck pain. ‘Laser’ is an acronym for `Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation’, and works by injecting billions of photons of light deep into tissue structures. These structures then absorb the light energy, and a conversion from light to chemical energy occurs. Tissues use this chemical energy to accelerate the healing process and reduce pain. The laser’s light also increases microcirculation, promoting oxygen and nutrient flow, and expediting healing. Laser treatment duration and frequency depends on a patient’s condition and will vary.

What is electric muscle stimulation, and when is it needed?

Electrical therapies are based on the concept that wavelengths, frequencies, amplitudes, and voltages of electrical current can be used to produce different physiological effects in the body including:


Common electrical therapy modalities include:


At Alliance Chiropractic & Wellness Clinic, we use both EMS and IFC if the condition and treatment plan warrant its use. Conditions that respond well to electrical therapy modalities include whiplash, muscle tension/sprains/strains, pinched nerves, rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, arthritis, joint pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, and Achilles tendonitis.

Please call the office directly at 905-648-0661 for all appointment inquiries including rescheduling, cancelling, and booking appointments.

Office Hours
Monday 8am - 12pm
  3:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 12pm
Wednesday 8am - 12pm
  3:30pm - 7:30pm
Thursday 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Friday 8am - 12pm

Non-chiropractic services are also available outside of these hours. Please call 905-648-0661 to inquire about hours offered by non-chiropractic practitioners.

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Please call the office directly at 905-648-0661 for all appointment inquiries including rescheduling, cancelling, and booking appointments.

Office Hours
Monday 8am - 12pm
  3:30pm - 7:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 12pm
Wednesday 8am - 12pm
  3:30pm - 7:30pm
Thursday 3:30pm - 7:30pm
Friday 8am - 12pm

Chiropractic care offered during these hours. Please call 905-648-0661 to inquire about additional hours offered by other practitioners.