What Will Happen on My First Visit?
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you and ask you to fill out our patient stress survey. The paperwork provides us with general information about yourself and your condition.
Next, you’ll have a consultation with Dr. Bahar to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, as well as potential treatment options. Your first visit is designed for the doctor to learn more about you, your condition and your expectations, to determine whether chiropractic care will help you meet your goals.
After your consultation, Dr. Bahar will perform a complete chiropractic examination, testing your reflexes, your ability to turn and bend, as well as other standard neurologic, orthopedic, postural and physical examinations. Nothing will be done in our office without your consent.
Using a non-invasive, high tech Millennium Subluxation Station, Dr. Bahar is able to detect minute muscle tension and temperature differences along the segments of your spine. This provides detailed information about how your nervous system is functioning.
Our digital computerized posture analysis uses digital photographs of your head-on and profile posture, while our Posture Pro Posture Analyzer creates a computerized posture analysis and provides us with your Posture Number. This number tells us how far from normal your posture is, and helps Dr. Bahar determine treatment options.
Your specific condition may require X-rays for a full evaluation. This is done right in our clinic for ultimate convenience. X-rays help us rule out more serious conditions, and assist Dr. Bahar in developing the most effective treatment for you.
Is This Covered Under My Insurance?
Yes. Services are covered under the paramedical coverage of most extended and group health insurance plans. Treatment is also covered under your car insurance in the case of motor vehicle accidents, and through WSIB in the case of work-related injuries. Wherever possible, we’ll assist you in making the best use of your insurance benefits.
Do I Need A Referral From My Doctor?
No. A patient does not have to be referred. Chiropractors are legislated as primary contact health care professionals in every province. This means patients can consult them directly. However, chiropractors often work closely with MDs, 44% of whom refer their patients for chiropractic treatment when they believe it will alleviate a patient’s condition.
Are Chiropractors Actually Cracking Bones?
No. An adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between joints. This makes a popping sound, just like when you “crack open” a bottle of champagne. It is not painful. The sound is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, resulting in gas bubbles being released.
How Long Will It Take To Correct My Posture?
Posture correction varies from person to person. Some people achieve correction within three months, while others take up to one year. Factors such as lifestyle, age, history or injury and degenerative disease all play a role in how long correction takes. Dr. Bahar will be able to tell you within the first four visits how long it will take to correct your posture.
Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?
Yes. Chiropractic adjustments are a drug-free, non-invasive approach to common musculoskeletal conditions such as headache, neck and back pain. As such, it’s a low-risk therapy.
Complications arising from adjustments are rare. In extremely rare cases, there is a possibility that manipulation of the upper neck may contribute to a stroke. No causative data exists. The risk of stroke form neck manipulation is probably not greater than the risk form natural neck movements such as tilting your head in a sink to wash your hair, or turning your head to back up when driving.
Medical literature estimates the estimates the risk of having a stroke that may be related to chiropractic treatments to be anywhere from 1 in 1 million to 1 in 2.85 million. In fact, the risk of serious complications or even death attributed to the use of NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories) is much greater for neck pain than the slight risk of injury for chiropractic manipulation. Chiropractors are well trained to recognize risk factors in patients, and treatments are no performed when there is a risk identified.
Do I Keep My Clothes On?
Yes. You are fully clothed during all treatment. The only exception is for taking X-rays, when you may be asked to sue a disposable patient robe during your X-ray. Your comfort and privacy are our utmost concern.
I Just Had X-Rays Taken – Do I have to Take New Ones?
No. As long as the X-rays have been taken within the past year, and you haven’t suffered any kind of trauma or injury, you may request them from the facility where they were taken. We’re happy to use them.