What is chiropractic care?
The word chiropractic comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand.”
While chiropractic care is largely associated with spinal care, modern chiropractors are able to treat conditions related to both the spine and the extremities. Click here for more information.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a non-invasive, manual therapy that most often uses a high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust to help restore proper motion to a joint.
What if I don’t want to be adjusted?
Chiropractors use a variety of treatment techniques, including chiropractic adjustments. If you do not want to be adjusted, please discuss this with Dr. Dunnill and he will be happy to discuss alternate treatment options with you.
What education/training do chiropractors have?
Chiropractors undergo a minimum of 7 years of university level education similar to that of other regulated health care professions. Dr. Dunnill studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, earning a four-year honours degree. He then studied chiropractic at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, a four-year comprehensive program leading to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. The evidence-based approach of CMCC emphasizes differential diagnosis, patient-centered care and research, providing expert knowledge in spinal and neuromusculoskeletal health. Dr. Dunnill maintains an active interest in continuing education related to a variety of neuromusculoskeletal diagnostic and treatment techniques.
Do all patients receive the same care?
No. Dr. Dunnill strongly believes in patient-centered care which is based upon a partnership between patient and practitioner, and ensures that health decisions respect the patient’s wants, needs and preferences. Patient-centered care provides the education and support that patients need to make decisions and participate in their care.
How much care will I need?
Every patient’s plan of care is different. Many variables are involved in creating a treatment plan, including the condition being treated and your health goals. Dr. Dunnill will work with you to create a plan of care that will fit your lifestyle and help you achieve your health goals.
Do I need x-rays?
No, you do not need x-rays or other diagnostic images before your assessment. However, if you have images or imaging reports, they may provide valuable information. If Dr. Dunnill feels that diagnostic imaging is required, based on the results of your assessment, he will discuss this with you during your report of findings.
Who should see a chiropractor?
Anyone with acute or chronic neuromusculoskeletal conditions, lifestyle health concerns, or personal health & wellness goals can benefit from the care that chiropractors offer. Chiropractors treat patients of all ages, health and fitness backgrounds.
Is there anyone who can’t see a chiropractor?
No. However, some health conditions may eliminate certain treatment options. Dr. Dunnill will discuss appropriate treatment options with you during your report of findings.
Will I receive medication for my pain?
No. Chiropractic is a drugless intervention. Chiropractors provide a variety of treatments which reduce pain and restore function; however, medication is not among them.
Does my insurance cover chiropractic care?
Many extended health plans do provide coverage for chiropractic care. 3D Health Solutions does offer direct billing to your insurance, when available. Dr. Dunnill will be happy to discuss your insurance coverage with you.
What if I don’t have benefits that cover chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is very affordable. If you do not have chiropractic coverage, Dr. Dunnill will be happy to discuss alternate payment options with you.
Does OHIP cover chiropractic care?
The Ontario government withdrew chiropractic coverage in December of 2004. OHIP does provide partial coverage for x-rays, but does not cover any other chiropractic services.
Can I adjust myself?
You may be able to produce the “pop”, known as a cavitation, however this will not correct the source of your pain or dysfunction. That is why you will often feel the need to adjust yourself again soon after. Even trained chiropractors must consult a colleague to receive the benefit of chiropractic care.
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