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What causes the popping sound?

Every joint is lubricated by synovial fluid that allows it to move freely. When a joint is not moving for a length of time, the liquid comes under pressure. The noise that occurs during the adjustment is nothing more than synovial liquid being transformed into CO2 or carbon dioxide gas – similar to the process that occurs when you open a bottle of champagne, when we move these liquids within the joint. The release of pressure makes the popping sound. It is not your bones or joints cracking!

Although the popping also occurs when the low back is adjusted, it seems louder in the neck because the ears amplify sound. Remember, however, that this is not a sign of the quality of the treatment -- joint mobility can be restored without any noticeable sound.

Lalanne et al. JMPT 2009


What about chiropractic treatment for kids?

Many parents do not yet realize the importance of treating their children. Children’s spines and nervous systems undergo stress too and need to be cared for just as much as adults’.

The normal birthing process puts tremendous stress on a newborn’s spine, especially at the neck. This pressure can then affect the first vertebra and cause a subluxation. If the subluxation remains uncorrected, the child will grow with these imbalances and will express symptoms later on.

Even if your child is not affected during the birthing process, he or she may acquire subluxations later on. Remember that the main cause of subluxation is physical trauma. Look at how many times a child falls on his or her bum in a single day – this is considered a physical trauma to the spine.

In their first year of life, a baby’s spine will grow 50%. During this period of rapid growth, the spine can be affected by many factors and should be checked often. Regular visits ensure that your child’s spine will grow properly.

Children usually do not express much back pain but this does not mean that the spine is free of subluxation. Often, children will show visceral symptoms such as frequent colds, ear infections, asthma, and difficulty to breastfeed, among many others. These are signs that the nervous system and the immune system are not functioning at 100%. By having your children treated and avoiding unnecessary medication, you will be allowing your child to grow to their potential.

Every chiropractor can treat children; however, there are chiropractors who are participating in continuing education in the field of pediatrics. Look for doctors who have pediatric chiropractic qualifications to treat your family. Preventative chiropractic is just as important as a visit to the dentist – you wouldn’t wait until your child had cavities to have their teeth examined, and the same principle applies to the spine and nervous system. Prevention is key!!!


I'm pregnant, can chiropractic treatment help me?

Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can help you achieve a decreased labour time!

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes numerous changes. As her belly grows, the curves of the spine change to compensate for the weight out front, often creating some discomfort to the mother-to-be. By having gentle chiropractic treatment, mom will feel a lot more comfortable and may even find her pregnancy more enjoyable.

The goal of treatment during pregnancy is to ensure that the baby will be optimally positioned for birth, and that the pelvic joints are functioning and moving properly. If the baby is well positioned during gestation, congenital torticollis can be prevented and thus reduce problems associated with breastfeeding.

By adjusting during pregnancy, chiropractors are also able to help turn breech babies. Chiropractors never touch or physically manoeuvre the baby but instead, through the chiropractic adjustment, balance the mother’s pelvis and relieve torsion in the uterus. This gives the baby more room to turn on their own. This technique is very safe and gentle and has had effective results for breech babies.

Chiropractic is an essential addition to the expectant mother’s health team, helping her to achieve a beautiful and natural birth, as well as a pleasant breastfeeding experience.


Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Because each treatment is based on the individual’s needs and the proper techniques are only performed after a complete examination and health history, specific chiropractic adjustments are very safe and provide immediate health benefits.

Six separate government research studies conducted in several countries have confirmed that chiropractic manipulation is one of the safest and most effective treatments. It has been estimated that about 840 000 Quebecers use chiropractic every year. An ECHO survey concluded that 93% of patients found chiropractic care effective and 95% said they would recommend their chiropractor to a friend or family member.

Chiropractic is more than just treating back pain – treatment helps your body get closer to optimal health and improves quality of life. Many parents are realizing that their children are healthier and happier with chiropractic care.


What is a treatment?

The goal of a chiropractic treatment is to reduce interference caused by subluxation. The chiropractor is well equipped with different tools to successfully render a very gentle treatment. Usually the doctor will use their hands to perform an adjustment. This type of specific manipulation promotes joint mobility and reduces inflammation. It also causes the brain to secrete endorphins to help reduce inflammation and breaks adhesions in the muscles spasms that surround the vertebra that is not moving well. The chiropractor uses different techniques customized to the individual.


Do i have to continue for the rest of my life?

It really depends on you! Some patients do feel that by getting regular adjustments they feel much better and the benefits last longer. I like to compare that to changing the oil in the car or going to the dentist. If we can see you before your next big problem appears you will be much better off. There is a study that was published in Spine in 2011 that showed that the patients were doing much better after the initial intensive phase of treatment if they continued care on a maintenance level. Look at everything you do in a day! You will see how much your body gets abused! So talk to your chiropractor about a frequency that is good for you and start including chiropractic has part of your health team but remember the decision always comes back to you. If you prefer using our services in the acute phase, it is not ideal but fine as well. We will follow you with your health where you want to go!


Do I need a referral?

Many patients are under the impression that you need a medical referral to go see a chiropractor. Well the answer is that for most patients do not!

Chiropractors have the right to diagnose, take and read x-rays and do not need any referrals. We will be able to give you an insurance form for you to get reimbursed without any problems. There are however, 2 exceptions to that rule.

If you are a CSST case or a SAAQ case then you will need a referral. Once we have that referral, there will be no problem to treat you. So if you are not a CSST or a SAAQ patient and you are having pain or problems do not wait you can come see us directly. It will be our pleasure to hep you !