Frequently Asked Questions in Victoria

Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about chiropractors in Victoria. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best chiropractor in Victoria for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give Victoria Family Chiropractic a call at (250) 592-5553 and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.

What is a chiropractor?

A healthcare doctor that specializes in restoring function to the spine, joints and the nervous system naturally and not using drugs or surgery. Chiropractors help with a variety of painful conditions such as headaches, lower back pain, disc herniations and pain in all other joints such as the knees, feet, shoulders and jaw.

What is chiropractic care?

A natural way of reducing pain, normalizing joint and nerve function and promoting wellbeing. Chiropractic is equally effective for treating symptoms as it is for preventing health problems and promoting wellbeing. Chiropractic is an important component of health management, performance, and symptom treatment for millions.

Are chiropractors doctors?

A practicing has received a doctorate in chiropractic and is a doctor. However, this isn’t to me confused with a medical doctor.

What is the history of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic as it is known today started in the mid to late 1800’s. However spinal manipulation has been around for many thousands of years. The first record of human spinal manipulation occurred approximately 17,500 years ago in the region we now know as France.

What does a chiropractor do?

Chiropractors work on joints that aren’t moving correctly. This is done mostly with the chiropractic adjustment but also with soft tissue therapies, stretches and exercises to restore normal joint function. Chiropractic is a hands-on profession and if appropriate for all age groups in most situations.

Are chiropractors useful?

For most people chiropractic is very useful, but it isn’t for everyone. Many factors can influence success with chiropractic treatment such as ability to get enough treatment (schedule, finances, able to tolerate), willingness to do homecare and complicating health conditions.

Does chiropractic work?

For most people absolutely. Chiropractic is natural, safe and effective, and has been around for a long time. It is practiced around the world and continues to grow. Chiropractic is also well researched, and studies continue to explore its effectiveness, limitation and reason for success.

Are there chiropractic adjustment side effects?

There can be side effects, but they are usually mild. Most commonly can be a slight worsening of symptoms from sprain or strain. This is usually short lived, but most people feel improvement initially instead of soreness. There is a risk of rib fracture, but this is much rarer. There has been concern over stroke from chiropractic neck adjustments, but several high profile and high-quality studies have found there to be no direct link. Stroke can happen after chiropractic, but it is extremely rare, and it is believed that the stroke likely would have occurred anyway. You are more likely to be struck by lightening than suffer a stroke following a chiropractic neck adjustment.

How many chiropractic sessions do you need?

There is no clear answer for this. Many factors can influence this such as patient health, lifestyle and health goals. Healing takes time and quick fixes don’t work long-term.

How much does chiropractic care cost?

Chiropractic is affordable for most people. All forms of extended health insurance cover chiropractic in varying degrees. Most chiropractors are happy to work with you and your health goals. Sometimes people are unable to follow optimal recommendations for frequency of treatments, but coming in less frequently usually still works as long as people continue treatment long enough. This requires patience, but the outcome of greater mobility and wellbeing is worth it for most.


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Victoria Family Chiropractic
3200 Shelbourne Street Suite 203
Victoria, BC V8P 5G8
(250) 592-5553

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