FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I expect?
Your first visit will entail a comprehensive history/physical exam related and not related to your current problem in order to gain as much information on you and your ailment. The physical exam is designed to reproduce the discomfort you are experiencing to hone in on what may be going on in order to select the proper treatment.
If Dr. Mario deems you to be a good candidate for chiropractic treatment, you will receive a report of findings, diagnosis/differential, plan of management, risks/benefits/alternatives, and a consultation about your personal health goals.
What is a Chiropractic adjustment?
One of the most common therapies a chiropractor uses is Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT), which can comprise a variety of adjustment techniques. Specific training in SMT allows chiropractors to provide highly-skilled and precise adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine, correcting joint motion to restore proper movement and improve function.
A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific/gentle but quick thrust put into a joint which reminds the brain how it is supposed to move. Sometimes with our daily routines and day to day stresses and activities our joints tend to “lock up” or feel “stiff” due to a variety of problems. These may include muscle fatigue or strain or simply wear and tear on the body or even something extreme such as physical trauma. Therefore, by reminding the body how its supposed to move we see systemic changes of muscle tone and movement which in turn helps to restore proper movement and balance within the body.
Chiropractors essentially remind the central nervous system of how/what it needs to do to achieve homeostasis in relation of how to properly move again.
What type of conditions do Chiropractors treat?
Chiropractors treat a variety of ailments such as, but not limited to the following:
Nerve Related Syndromes
Rotator Cuff Injuries
What is the “cracking” noise sometimes felt with an adjustment?
Sometimes during an adjustment you will feel or hear a “crack” or “click”. Not to worry, this is completely normal. A vacuum phenomenon forms within a joint and when gas molecules enter and are released through an adjustment this sound tends to happen. This also does not mean that a joint needs to “crack” in order to be adjusted. There are many techniques, which make no sound at all and are just as effective.
Can adjustments hurt?
Adjustments are very gentle and specific movements that shouldn’t hurt. Although, minor discomfort may arise when joints are manipulated because the chiropractor needs to move the joint slightly past its range of motion. If you’re experiencing any discomfort throughout any portion of your treatment, please tell your chiropractor!
Are chiropractic treatments safe?
Every treatment carries risk, but chiropractic care is regarded as one of the safest forms of therapy. Side effects may include short-term tenderness post treatment or the day after, but many patients experience immediate relief after most adjustments.
Do I require a referral from my MD to see a chiropractor?
A doctors note is not required to see a chiropractor, as we are considered primary health care professionals.
Do I have to get adjusted?
No. If you ever would like to opt out of your treatment at any time it is your choice to do so. I encourage all patients to actively participate in their own health. My job is to direct you to receive the best possible care you can receive from my professional opinion. And if I feel that you will not benefit from my treatment, I will advise.
What will my treatment plan look like?
Each individual treatment plan is catered to each individual patient. The idea is to get you in, get you better, teach you how to stay better and teach you why chiropractic is good for your body moving forward.
Does OHIP cover chiropractic care?
OHIP does not cover chiropractic care, however most insurance plans do include chiropractic, so please check with your provider.
What education does a chiropractor have?
A four-year undergraduate degree along with an at least four-year professional Chiropractic College. This is followed by each country, province or state -administered standardized board exams that are essential to be able to legally practice. Each chiropractor is monitored by the College of Chiropractors and must remain in good standing.
Dr. Micovsky has passed his board exams in both the United States and Canada.