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What Is Chiropractic?

The word “Chiropractic” is taken from Greek, meaning, “Done by Hand”.  Chiropractic was founded on the premise that the body has the ability to heal itself. 

Doctors of Chiropractic—also called Chiropractors—are taught to examine, diagnose and treat predominantly muscle and joint problems.  A Chiropractor specializes in treating pain and stiffness, joint problems such as a decreased range of motion, muscular imbalances, and repetitive strain.

What Training Does A Doctor Of Chiropractic Receive?

Similar to a Medical Doctor, after completing his/her undergraduate studies, a Doctor of Chiropractic must undergo an additional four years of professional degree education. Before entering practice, Chiropractors must pass rigorous national and provincial board examinations.

Prior to obtaining her Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Borrowman completed a four-year, double-degree program at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education

What Is A “Chiropractic Adjustment”?

Chiropractors are trained how to recognize if a joint has decreased motion or is “restricted”. Then a specific, gentle, adjustive force is applied by the chiropractor to the area of limited motion. This restores normal, healthy, joint function and reduces muscular tightness. The chiropractor also focuses on educating patients about healthy lifestyle changes in order to prevent further problems. This includes exercise, posture, sleep habits, nutrition, and stress management.

Am I Going To Hear “Cracks” And “Pops”?… What Is That Sound, Anyway?

The “popping” sound sometimes heard during an adjustment is gas being released from the joint cavity. It sounds similar to when someone “cracks their knuckle”. It is not dangerous or harmful and it does not cause any sort of damage to your joints. During the manipulation, the joint is simply being “adjusted” to follow a better movement pattern. 

That being said, some people do not hear any sound at all. The goal of the treatment is not to “hear a pop” but to encourage better motion and decrease muscle tension.

What Does The Initial Visit Involve?

Your first visit is generally 30 to 45 minutes long. You will be asked questions about your specific problem and about your general health. A physical examination of the area will be performed. You and the chiropractor will then discuss your diagnosis, the risks and benefits of treatments, and the proposed course of action.

You may be referred for x-rays or to another health professional for conditions that are outside the scope of chiropractic. Your initial visit often also includes a treatment including physical therapy modalities, chiropractic adjustments, exercise programs, and nutritional advice.

If I Start Seeing A Chiropractor, Will I Have To Keep Coming… Forever?

No! Our goal is to get you feeling better and back into your busy lifestyle. In a few cases, Dr. Borrowman encourages the patient to return for preventative maintenance treatments but this is case-specific.

Why Do I Have To Pay?

Currently, Nova Scotia’s Health Insurance Plan does not cover chiropractic services. However, most extended health plans do offer chiropractic coverage, often reimbursing you 80 to 100% of the cost.

In some provinces chiropractic is partially subsidized by the provincial health plan and the patient is billed for the remainder of the fee. However, extended health plans in these provinces may not cover the patient’s portion until the provincial allocated amount has been spent. This translates into higher out-of-pocket expenses for the patient.