On the first visit, patients will fill out preliminary paperwork that will indicate to the chiropractor why you are seeking care. The chiropractor will then use a variety of diagnostic techniques, including asking questions about your injury or condition, performing a physical examination and perhaps referring out for x-rays (if necessary). Once the patient’s condition is assessed, the chiropractor will recommend the optimal form of treatment, as well as some alternatives.
The primary treatment used by chiropractors is a chiropractic adjustment (spinal manipulation); a gentle, controlled and directed pressure that helps to restore the spine and nervous system to function optimally.
Chiropractors will also use therapies that may include joint mobilization, soft-tissue therapies (such as Active Release Techniques®, and trigger-point therapy), heat, cold and rehabilitative exercises as treatment methods; they do not treat patients with drugs or surgery.
It is common to hear a slight noise from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint after a chiropractic adjustment and is perfectly normal. However, we appreciate that some patience would prefer different styles of adjusting. Make sure you speak to your Chiropractor about any concerns you may have, as we have many techniques available.
Most people experience more energy, less discomfort, more flexibility, and an overall feeling of enhanced well-being. Occasionally, you may be slightly sore or tired as your body adapts to the changes occurring. The Chiropractor will monitor your progress very closely to ensure maximal comfort during this time of change.
In some patients with long-term chronic conditions, realigning the spine may also cause the muscles around the spine to be sore afterwards. This is only temporary, until the weakened muscles are strengthened. This is comparable to the discomfort felt after a good work out at the gym.
Absolutely. The nervous system controls the tension of your muscles so it is important to get this functioning at it’s best. Most people find that once they get adjusted their muscles begin to relax naturally as their spine and nerves begin to function normally again. Chiropractic uses various techniques that affect both the spine and musculature, and may refer you to a massage therapist and/or physiotherapist where required.
No, you do not require a doctor’s referral to see any of our therapists. However, some insurance companies may require a doctor’s referral for reimbursement. Please check with your insurance company to see what their requirements are. Please call us if you need further assistance.
Yes, you can definitely come and see our physiotherapists as this happens very often. We have received wonderful feedback from our clients in regards to the time we spend and on the hands on care! We book appointments by the half hour compared to some that book clients every 15 or 20 minutes.
On your first session at our Burnaby Physio Clinic a detailed examination will be provided to determine the nature of your injury and your personal goals will be discussed. The therapist will work with you personally to ensure that there is a plan of action to get you back to full recovery and achieve your goals in the least amount of time.
You will need to contact your extended health provider to find out this information in regards to what your plan covers. Some plans do require a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy/massage therapy/chiropractic treatment in order to be reimbursed and some do not. If you are unsure, make sure to contact your provider and ask them how much they cover you for. Please call us if you need further assistance.
ICBC – We accept ICBC claims for physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic and active rehabilitation if your coverage is approved. ICBC covers a portion of your therapy and you would be responsible to for paying the user fee per visit. You would need to speak with your adjuster in regards to reimbursements of your user fees. When booking your first appointment, please make sure to let us know your claim information such as your claim number and adjuster name/phone number. Please call us if you need further assistance.
We accept WorkSafe BC claims for physiotherapy if your coverage is approved. We directly bill WorkSafe BC for your treatments; therefore, you are not responsible for any payments.
Physiotherapists are university trained healthcare professionals specialized in analyzing the body’s movement and function. The profession is committed to health, lifestyle and quality of life. Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) will help reduce your pain and improve your function and mobility by utilizing a hands-on one-on-one approach to your care.
There is ample free underground parking, as well as wheelchair accessible entrance to the office via elevators. We are walking distance from Lougheed Skytrain Station. We are located in NorthGate Village on the second floor close to GoodLife Fitness and on top of Save-On-Foods. Click here for a map and our contact information.