Chiropractic FAQs

Many people have questions about care with a Doctor of Chiropractic.  If your question is not answered on this page, please contact us by phone or by email.

Did you know …

Many employers also provide coverage of chiropractic treatment under their employee health care plans. If you have health benefits through your employer or another plan, check with them to find out how you might be covered for chiropractic treatment.


What is a first appointment with a chiropractor like?  

Your first appointment will usually take up to one hour.  Dr. Guild will go through an extensive health history with you and follow this with a thorough exam of your joints, muscles and range of motion.  She will explain everything she does, as she does it and is very gentle.  No treatment will be done until she has reviewed your history and, possibly, your xrays.

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Will I need xrays?  

Often, xrays are recommended as a way for Dr. Guild to see the whole picture as to how to best treat you.  She will be able to tell you if this is necessary during your first visit.

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What is a chiropractic adjustment?  

A chiropractic adjustment is a gentle maniupulation of the vertabrae.  Sometimes this is done with the hands and sometimes this is done with a special instrument called an activator.

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Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?  

It really doesn’t.  People often describe the feeling of ‘release’ after an adjustment.

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What is a subluxation?  

A subluxation is a slight misalignment of the vertebrae regarded as the cause of many health problems.

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Is chiropractic safe??  

According to recent research and the history of the profession: the answer is yes.  If it weren’t safe, we wouldn’t do it.

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Why do some people see chiropractors for years?  

Many people come in for wellness care and disease prevention.  Some come in for relief of chronic conditions, such as migraines, neck pain and repetitive motion injuries.  Some find that when the spine is well aligned, when subluxations are few, that the nerve pathways are not blocked, the body functions better.  If an injury or illness arises, the body tends to deal with it more efficiently.

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What is the cracking sound I hear when I get adjusted?  

When you apply a small bit of force to a joint, like your knuckles, there is sometimes a sound that sounds like cracking or popping.  It is thought to be caused by the gases rapidly coming out allowing the joint to stretch a little further.  This gas increases the joint volume by 15 to 20 percent; it consists mostly (about 80 percent) of carbon dioxide. The joint cannot be cracked again until the gases have dissolved, which explains why you cannot crack the same knuckle repeatedly.  The joints around the vertabrae act very similarily.

Another source of popping and cracking sounds is the tendons and ligaments near the joint. Tendons must cross at least one joint in order to cause motion. But when a joint moves, the tendon’s position with respect to the joint is forced to change. It is not uncommon for a tendon to shift to a slightly different position, followed by a sudden snap as the tendon returns to its original location with respect to the joint. 

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How does chiropractic help pregnant women with pregnancy and labour?  

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Managing back pain due to weight gain or a shift in gravity
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labour and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
  • Turning a malpositioned baby to vertex presentation

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I noticed on the website that you adjust children.  Do they have back pain?  

Consider the circumstance of birth and the neck.  Was it pulled on during a cesarean, were forceps used, was there a lot of compression at the point of birth because of size or positioning?  A lot of problems kids experience stem from birth.  Again, chiropractic is not only about back pain.  A lot of kids see chiropractors for wellness care and to preserve health.  However, chiropractic can be effective treatment for things like ear infections, digestive disturbances, colic, bedwetting and many other things.  Worth noting, is that the usual bumps, falls and accidents of childhood, left uncorrected, often lead to the problems that surface as a result of the body compensating until adulthood.

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