Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a branch of health care that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is a hands-on approach to treating complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, headaches and injuries of the arms and legs.



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Q. What makes the Chiropractors at Glover Road different?



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Q. What should I expect from the Chiropractors at Glover Road?

You should expect a problem solving approach that makes every effort to resolve your complaint. We employ a variety of techniques and knowledge from chiropractic, physiotherapy and orthopedic science to understand and manage musculoskeletal injuries. You should expect professional, honest care from highly skilled practitioners. 



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Q. What Conditions do we treat?

*results vary between patients



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Q. What type of education and training do Chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist but with a specific emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. The typical chiropractor will have at least eight years of post-secondary education. The chiropractic curriculum is comprised of four years of intense classroom, laboratory and clinical education similar to Canadian medical school programs.

At Glover Road Chiropractic and Sports Therapy, we continue to upgrade our education and travel throughout North America to attend training sessions and seminars on the latest medical discoveries and treatments.



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Q. What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

Spinal adjustments are a common form of treatment utilized by chiropractors in clinical practice. Also known as spinal manipulative therapy, the adjustment is a non-invasive, manual procedure that utilizes highly refined skills developed through four years of intensive chiropractic education. Adjustments are carefully controlled procedures delivered by the chiropractor to painful or misaligned joints to restore proper motion and alignment and decrease muscle tightness, spasm and pain.



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Q. How is a Chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractors typically use their hands to adjust the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Joint manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that research has shown to be both extremely safe and highly effective. Chiropractic adjustments are supplemented with soft tissue therapy, rehabilitative stretches and exercises.



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Q. What is the popping sound?

The “popping” sound you may hear when you receive a chiropractic adjustment is simply the sound of gas being released in a joint. It is not to be confused with the sound of your bones “cracking”. This release of gas from the joint fluid is a result of pressure changes similar to opening a can of pop for the first time.



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Q. I've heard once you get one adjustment/manipulation you need to keep seeing the Chiropractor. Is this true?

No, many times there is a start and finish to the treatment. That is, the problem is 'fixed' and you are given exercises and stretches for future prevention.



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Q. I don't like the idea of being adjusted. Is there any other type of treatment?

Yes, the adjustment is only one of several treatment options that our office provides. For example, you may receive muscle and soft tissue therapy, light mobilizations, stretching and strengthening exercises.



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Q. Is Chiropractic safe?

Yes, chiropractic treatments are very safe, especially when compared to more invasive treatments such as drugs or surgery. Any health procedure, whether taking over the counter medication or seeing a chiropractor, carries some risk, but with chiropractic that risk is very small, and the treatments are very effective. Your chiropractor will discuss the side effects of your specific treatment prior to commencing care. 



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Q. What is the Graston Technique®?

The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Specialized surgical grade stainless steel tools have been specifically designed for every body part.

The benefits:
  • Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
  • Increases skin temperature facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
  • Alters spinal reflux activity
  • Increasesthe rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
  • Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
  • Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity
*results vary between patients


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Q. Why is scar tissue a problem?

Scar tissue is thick and dense tissue that limits range of motion, and in many instances causes pain, which prevents the patient from functioning as he or she did prior to the injury.



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