What does it cost?
Initial visits are $70 while subsequent visits are $48. For those on premium assistance, MSP pays a portion of the fee and then it is $35 and $24, respectively. Veterans and RCMP have complete coverage and we can bill for them directly. For those who are billed privately, you will be given a receipt at each visit for submitting to your insurance company so you can be reimbursed. However, if your insurance company is Blue Cross or Green Shield, we can bill directly for you and then you pay the user-fee amount that they don’t cover.
Aren’t chiropractors just ‘back-crackers?’
While adjustment of the spine to ensure proper mobility is a lot of what we do, it is much more than that. Compression of nerves can be relieved to diminish sharp nerve-derived pain, or numbness and tingling in an arm or leg. Releasing restrictions in a vertebra also relieves ‘tension’ in nerves that can be causing them to be facilitated or inhibited (doing too much or not enough). We can adjust the joints throughout the body, whether they’re in the shoulder, hip, ankle or wrist, we are not limited to the spine. Many of us use soft tissue techniques such as Active Release Technique, FAKTR, or Graston, to name a few, that concentrate on freeing muscles, tendons and ligaments to complement the adjustive work we do in those same areas. Kinesiology tape has become quite popular lately with its action to support injuries and promote healing. We offer stretching/strenghtening/exercise advice, nutritional advice and just overall, look into someone’s lifestyle and make recommendations that can help them to live in a more healthful way.
What if you can’t help me?
Sometimes after a trial of care, a patient may not have had the desired results and we can refer you on to someone else for another opinion, whether that is back to your MD, a massage therapist, naturopathic doctor or physiotherapist, for example.
Do you use x-ray?
There is no x-ray unit in our office. Modern evidence-based practice does not include x-ray as a screening tool, it is only to rule-out pathology. Radiation is cumulative over a lifetime and one should always try to minimize their exposure unless absolutely necessary. Most dentists will not x-ray semi-annually anymore, and even annually, it is used only if there is an indication for it. If I believe x-rays are necessary for someone I will refer them back to their MD who will then refer them to a facility, and then MSP covers the cost. If I refer them directly to the x-ray facility then they must pay the cost themselves.