What is Chiropractic?
  Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism, controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nerves of the body. The vertebrae, which the nervous system travels through can become misaligned or subluxated, which causes malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. 


How Does Chiropractic Work?
  Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference caused by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and normal health.


What Type of Education Do Chiropractors Get?
  Today's Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated with an education curriculum similar to medical school. Special emphasis is placed on anatomy, neurology, biomechanics, nutrition, x-ray, physiology, diagnosis, and spinal adjusting. Post graduate education totals a minimum of 7 years and demanding national and provincial boards must be passed.


Is Chiropractic Expensive?
  Most extended health plans cover a significant portion of a patient’s care. 


Is Chiropractic Safe?
  In the words of the New Zealand government's inquiry, Chiropractic care is "...remarkably safe." It is safer than back surgery, muscle relaxants, and even aspirin. All ages from babies to the elderly enjoy safe, effective care.


Is Chiropractic Scientific?
  Research from New Zealand, Australia, the United States, England, Denmark and Canada has validated Chiropractic. Recently, the "Manga Report" produced at the University of Ottawa has validated Chiropractic for its safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness for Chiropractic and low back pain. On-going research is now validating Chiropractic and headaches, asthma, whiplash, and pre-menstrual syndromes to name a few.


Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?
  A recent study by Nilsson in Denmark reports that children under Chiropractic care are healthier than other children, miss less school, are more attentive and have less need for drugs. Children with conditions such as earaches, colic, bed wetting, scoliosis, "growing pains", torticollis, and asthma have been shown to respond to Chiropractic Care in many cases.  The focus of Chiropractic is not to treat any specific condition, but instead to remove interference to the nervous system, allowing the body to function better and heal itself.


How Long Will I Need Chiropractic?
  There are 3 types of care in Chiropractic: Initial care to remove symptoms; Corrective care to correct the cause of the underlying muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes, and Wellness care. Similar to brushing teeth, tuning up your car or regularly visiting a dentist, Wellness care is important for maintaining optimal health and enjoying a healthy life-style. How long you decide to benefit from Chiropractic is always up to you.


Do I Need a Referral to Visit a Chiropractor?
  Absolutely not!  A Doctor of Chiropractic is a primary contact physician, meaning you do not need a referral. If yours is not a Chiropractic case, it is the responsibility of the Chiropractor to refer you to the appropriate health care provider.


Can I Get More Information?
  If you have questions, or comments, please e-mail at thedoc@westwoodchiro.com. You can also subscribe to our FREE newsletter for on-going information.
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