Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic

Is chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic care is low risk, drug free and non-invasive. Extensive research has proven that chiropractic treatment is a safe approach to help relieve neck pain, back pain, headaches and other issues with the musculoskeletal system. However, all therapies carry risk, even taking over the counter medications. Most people experience immediate relief after an adjustment. Rarely, patients experience muscle stiffness, minor bruising, temporary dizziness, numbness or tingling. These adverse effects generally do not last long.

What if I do not want my neck “cracked”?

Your safety and comfort are Dr. Berry’s top priority. Before commencing treatment you will have the opportunity to ask questions, understand risks and contribute your preferences in developing a plan of care that works for you.

What is the noise I hear when I get adjusted?

Most joints in the body are a surrounded by a capsule, which is a sleeve of connective tissue. This capsule contains a liquid called synovial fluid, which lubricates your joints. During an adjustment the fluid filled, enclosed joint space undergoes a quick change in pressure. This change in pressure allows for tiny gas bubbles in the synovial fluid to be released producing an audible sound. It is similar to when you open a can of pop. The sound is a harmless. It is also important to note that in order for an adjustment to be effective the popping sound does not need to be heard.

How does an adjustment help the nervous system?

Your nervous system is made up of your brain, spinal cord and your nerves. It is a complex network that carries communication back and forth between your brain and all of your body parts including joints, muscles and organs, like your skin. Interference in this communication network results in pain and dysfunction. The most common site for nerve interference, which is also known as nerve irritation occurs where each nerve branches off the spinal cord. Adjustments are delivered to these junction points to help to remove the interference so your nervous system can function more effectively, especially to your joints and muscles.

What kind of education do chiropractors have?

Chiropractors are primary health care practitioners, which means they are doctors with a specialty in diagnosing neuromusculoskeletal issues. In Canada, chiropractors undergo a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education with the last four years being specific to chiropractic training at an approved institution by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada. The official title for a chiropractor is a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).