What to expect on your first visit?
Before your first visit, you will be sent a form to be filled out online (a personal information form and a short health questionnaire.) When you arrive at your appointment, you be taken into a private treatment room and you will spend time with Dr. Mandy or Dr. Farah discussing your health history.
Your health history is an important tool for Dr. Mandy and Dr. Farah in the evaluation of your symptoms, your lifestyle, your family’s health history and any previous injuries and treatments. This is one on one time spent with Dr. Mandy or Dr. Farah and is used to help them get to know you and your health in more detail. This is also an opportunity for you to ask them any questions you may have. After the health history, a physical examination will be completed.
During the physical examination, Dr. Mandy or Dr. Farah will put your body through a series of physical, orthopedic and neurological tests. This physical examination will help determine your physical condition and overall health. It will help reveal the condition of your spine (joint restrictions) and areas of muscle tenderness or muscle spasm.
In certain situations, x-rays of your spine may be necessary. These “blueprints” of your spine will show specific problems including fractures and arthritis. They are also used to rule out tumors and other conditions. If this is required Dr. Mandy or Dr. Farah will refer you back to your medical doctor to request x-rays.
Based on the findings from your health history and physical examination, Dr. Mandy or Dr. Farah will diagnose your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan for you. Your treatment may include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, interferential current, ultrasound, neuroelectical muscle stimulation or microcurrent.
In addition to your treatment plan, to help avoid future occurrences, Dr. Mandy and Dr. Farah will usually include advice on how to take care of your body with simple strengthening and stretching exercises to enhance your activities of daily life. This program of stretching and strengthening exercises will help increase your flexibility and core strength and ultimately give your body the support it needs to survive a lifetime of stress and strain.
Expect your visit to last approximately 45min to 1 hour.
How much will it cost?
The fee for the first visit is $150.00 and subsequent visits are $75.00. If you are already a patient of Dr. Mandy and/or Dr. Farah but it has been over 2 years since your last visit OR if you have multiple complaints please book an reassessment/extended visit ($140.00).
Do you direct bill insurance companies?
We direct bill to many different extended health care plan including Blue Cross, Greenshield, SunLife and Telus Health (which covers many different extended insurance health plans for example Canada Life, ManuLife, etc.) Please provide us with your plan information on your first visit and we’ll take care of the rest. Based on your specific plan your entire treatment may be covered or you may have partial coverage and only have to pay out of pocket for the remaining.
What does chiropractic treatment involve?
Chiropractors are best known for adjusting the joints of the spine. An adjustment is performed on those joints of the spine that are not moving properly and will adjust those joints to restore proper motion and function to the spine. Treatment may also involve rehabilitative strengthening and stretching exercises, postural retraining and instruction about proper body mechanics.
What’s the popping sound heard during an adjustment?
The popping sound heard during an adjustment is called a cavitation and is a normal part of being adjusted. The spine is made up of vertebrae. Where two vertebrae meet is called a joint. the joint has fluid in it. Prior to delivery of the adjustment the joints comes to tension. This tension causes gas bubbles to form from the fluid in the joint. When the gas gets released a popping sound is heard.
How long will each visit take?
The first visit is the longest and usually takes approximately 45mins to 1 hour. Subsequent visits are shorter and take approximately 15-20 minutes.
How are Chiropractors trained?
Chiropractic is a regulated health profession. In Canada, Chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of three years of university, followed by four years at an accredited Chiropractic College.
A Chiropractic student received over 4500 hours of education, including a full year of clinical internship. In order to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC), students are required to pass both a provincial and national set of examinations.
What can a Chiropractic help with?
Headaches, Neck Pain, Carpal Tunnel, Back Pain & Sciatica, Shoulder Pain, Sports Pain, Sports Injuries Arm Pain/Numbness, Arthritis Pain, Work Related Injuries, Posture Related Injuries, Pregnancy & Female Care.