1. What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment follows palpation of your spine (or other joints that may be affected) that have detected subluxations. Then Doctor Gagnon, using her hands or a tool, will restore the proper mechanics to the joint in question and stimulate the neuromusculoskeletal system.

2. What is a subluxation?

A vertebral subluxation is a region of the spine whose position or movement is not optimal. Although often asymptomatic, patients will sometimes call this area "sensitive" or "stiff". It is necessary to correct a subluxation to restore movement to the spine but also to protect the nervous system of the irritation it can cause.

3. What is the importance of the spine in the maintenance of good health?

The spine plays several roles. First, it is part of our musculoskeletal system and it is therefore essential in all human body movements. So to keep physically fit and move freely in our daily lives, a spine in good health is necessary. Another role of the spine is that of protection. The spine protects your central nervous system, ie the spinal cord and spinal nerves in the same way your skull protects your brain. Since the nervous system manages all the systems in your body, ensure that the spine plays its protective role.

4. Why see a chiropractor if I do not have pain?

Pain sensation is very subjective and is not a good measure to determine the health of your spine. Moreover, the human body has an incredible ability to adapt; tension often accumulates in the spine without any symptom present. When tension has accumulated beyond what the body can handle that is when pain occurs. A chiropractor will identify risk areas and help you correct the problem before symptoms are present.

5. If I start chiropractic care, will I be obliged to continue for the rest of my life?

Any good chiropractor will tell you about prevention or wellness. Preventative care for your spine can be compared to how most people feel about their dental care. We consult our dentist on a regular basis to ensure that our dental hygiene is good and to correct problems before they demonstrate any symptoms. With chiropractic, we want to ensure that the spine (posture, exercise, injuries, etc.) is healthy and that any subluxations are corrected before they cause symptoms. Whether for relief, or to maintain optimal health, the frequency of visits is a personal choice, like eating well and exercising regularly.

6. Why should a healthy child see a chiropractor?

Infancy and childhood are periods that affect the development of the spine and nervous system. The first subluxation may occur during pregnancy or childbirth. As a result, the earlier a child consults a chiropractor, the easier it is to correct the subluxation.

7. Is chiropractic dangerous? Does it hurt?

The chiropractic adjustment is painless and safe when undertaken after a full examination by a doctor of chiropractic. As with any treatment, there are certain indications and Dr. Gagnon will change the treatment for these conditions or, if necessary, recommend another health professional.

8. Are drugs as effective as chiropractic adjustments?

Drugs are effective in controlling symptoms such as pain and inflammation. The effectiveness of chiropractic care is based on the fact that it treats the underlying cause of symptoms and it improves the function of the body. Chiropractic can, in some cases be used as an alternative to medical treatments, but also as a complement: Chiropractic care can be done in conjunction with medication.

9. Can I have a guarantee of recovery following treatment?

Following a comprehensive review of the patient, a chiropractor can determine the appropriate form of chiropractic treatment and establish a prognosis, ie a forecast on the results to be obtained following chiropractic care. It is appropriate to say that many of the neuromusculoskeletal diseases are well corrected with a follow-up chiropractic visit. Patients often have gotten not only relief of their symptoms, but also better overall health.

10. Does the provincial health card cover chiropractic care?

La Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec does not cover chiropractic care. However, most insurance companies reimburse a portion of these costs. Check your policy for details on your coverage of chiropractic care.  Amounts that you pay out of your pocket for health care, including chiropractic care, can be applied to your income tax claim.

11. Why are there different techniques in chiropractic?

All chiropractors have similar university training, including learning several chiropractic techniques. Thereafter, during their professional career, chiropractors may favor the use of certain techniques or chiropractic approaches.

For example, some chiropractors are developing an interest in chiropractic care for special groups: athletes, pregnant women, children ... Or complementary approaches such as nutrition, exercise, etc. Dr. Gagnon has additional training in pediatrics and has special interest to care for children and pregnant women.

During your first visit, it is important to inform you with your chiropractor on techniques and approaches she uses so that they meet your needs and are appropriate for your condition. Feel free to ask how a technique or approach applies as part of your treatment.

The key is to discuss, ask questions and share your expectations with your chiropractor. This allows us to evaluate the response of your body to treatments.

All chiropractors must be members of the College of Chiropractors of Quebec. They are therefore required, regardless of the approach or technique used, to observe the standards of practice of their profession.