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Your First Visit 

Before our first meeting, Dr. Ally will review your online paperwork and medical history ahead of time. You'll have an open conversation about your goals and what you want to achieve from working with us. 

 

Your initial consultation will take around 50 minutes, with subsequent visits typically shorter, 20 minutes. Together, you'll discuss your health history and what has brought you in today. Next, will be a thorough physical examination which includes a postural assessment, range of motion review, and orthopedic testing to see how well everything is functioning. We will review our findings, recommendations for care, and answer any questions or concerns before proceeding with treatment. 

We understand for some families it may be difficult to travel out of the house for an appointment. This may be because you have multiple children to juggle or because your condition prevents you from leaving the house easily. For these situations, Ally will consider doing a home-visit.  Specific days and distance limitations may apply. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal with an "adjustment"?

A chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses their hands or an instrument to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain by decreasing pressure on the surrounding muscles and tissues.  

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

An adjustment usually results in the release of gas bubbles between the joints, which is the mechanism that causes the popping sound you may hear. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles.  There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

Once I start seeing a chiropractor, do I need to go all the time?

Absolutely not.  The frequency and duration of care varies with each patient according to their individual health goals. Many patients see improvements within a week or two. For others, especially those with chronic long-standing issues, improvements may take longer.  A lack of expected improvement will necessitate a change in your treatment approach or a referral for an alternative opinion. Ultimately, the decision to continue care is yours!

Can I call and make an appointment the day of?

Pain can often strike suddenly and without notice. When it does, you’re likely looking for help right away. We can often accommodate acute cases very quickly, either the same day or next day in most cases. We will always promise to do our best to accommodate your health needs. Although, booking in advance is always the best option in order to ensure that you will secure the time that is most convenient for you.

What is wellness or maintenance care?

Following the acute phase of care, after patients get the relief they are looking for, many choose to continue with periodic visits to help prevent reoccurring episodes. These visits are much less frequent and can help support the final stages of healing and help detect and resolve new problems before they become more serious.

Will I be required to remove my clothing or change at an appointment?

No! Feel free to wear whatever you would like. 

Does my benefit plan or extended healthcare coverage cover chiropractic care?

In Ontario, your insurance provider or benefits administrator determines your plan's level of coverage for chiropractic services. Check with your provider to see if you are one of the many who have coverage for this incredible service. Patients may send in their receipts to receive reimbursement up to their annual spending limits. 

Are chiropractic treatments safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest non-drug, non-invasive forms of health care available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Spinal adjustments are extremely safe when performed by a licensed chiropractor.  Their extensive education prepares them to identify patients who have special risk factors and to ensure those patients receive the most appropriate care, even if that requires referral out to a medical specialist.

Can I bring my child to my appointment?

Yes, absolutely! If you are coming in with a little one they are welcomed in the treatment room with you.  If you need to change or feed your baby before or after your appointment, we even have a private area where you can do so. 

If you have any other questions not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact us. We'd be very happy to explain more & help YOU reach your goals!

404 Vickers St. S.

Thunder Bay, ON

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