Chiropractic care involves the use of the doctors hands and/or instruments to deliver treatment to the joints of the spine and extremities.
Chiropractic care is a natural, drugless treatment delivered by Doctors of Chiropractic who, after having completed a minimum of 3 years of university level education, must complete about 5 years of clinical based chiropractic education. Subsequent to finishing their chiropractic education, students then must pass both provincial and national exams in order to earn the right to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).
To learn more about the different conditions chiropractors treat and how they are treated please visit our Chiropractic Page.
Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health.
Massage therapy treatment has a therapeutic effect on the body and optimizes health and well-being by acting on the muscular, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained and improved; and physical dysfunction and pain and the effects of stress can be relieved or prevented through the use of Massage Therapy.
Modern massage techniques can be traced back to the 1700s and the development of Swedish massage, the first systematic method of therapeutic massage based on physiology.
To learn more about Massage therapy, please visit our Massage therapy page.
Work Injuries & Health
When workers are hurt at their workplace, they are covered for care under the WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board)
How do I report my injury?
You will need to report your injury at your workplace to your supervisor or the designated WSIB contact and fill out the Form 6 report. Do this as soon as possible at work when there is a potential injury, regardless of whether or not you have pain or are seeking healthcare for your injuries.
How do I know if I am covered?
You will receive contact from WSIB via a telephone call at the number you used to report your injury followed by written documentation sent to your address. Yourself or your healthcare provider may also call WSIB to confirm the status of your claim.
Do I need to pay for treatment when there is a workplace injury?
As long as your healthcare provider is a WSIB provider, they will be receiving payment directly from WSIB for any services rendered. You do not have to make any payments for an eligible claim.
How long do I have care for under a WSIB claim?
This will depend on the type of injury you have experienced and the location of injury. Please check with your healthcare provider to determine the amount of time you will be covered.
Do all healthcare providers provide WSIB care?
Not all healthcare providers take on WSIB patients. You will need to check with your healthcare provider of choice. At MMD Chiropractic Health Centre we do take WSIB claim patients. Please let us know in the NOTE section on our online booking or speak with reception if you are calling in to book your appointment.
As the female body is continuing to change everyday throughout the full term of the pregnancy, it is important to maintain some frequency of chiropractic care to maintain mobility.
How do I know if I need chiropractic care during my pregnancy?
Most patients seek care when they have pain so this will likely be the driving force to seek care. During pregnancy, the mother’s body is constantly changing, ligaments become more lax in some places, and muscles may tighten in other places. The continual change in the female body may drive some expectant mothers to have an assessment to make sure everything is moving as it should prior to delivery. If you are not moving well during pregnancy, a chiropractic assessment may help you move better and ease the mobility issues often seen.
How does a chiropractor accomodate for the treatment of a pregnant patient?
We will always accomodate to make the expectant mother as comfortable as possible. For the most part, a pregnant patient is adjusted the same as a non-pregnant patient. Obviously as the baby grows, there will be some added weight in the front of the body, so lying on her stomach will only be able to happen for certain period of time. Often, chiropractors that treat pregnant mothers, will have drop out pieces in their tables to decrease the pressure placed on the mother’s abdomen. In addition, pregnancy pillows and rolls will often be utilized to make the expectant mother as comfortable as possible. The biggest constraint is the laxity in some joints which can make it harder to reach the end range of motion needed to make the adjustment.
What types of symptoms are common in a pregnant patient?
The most common symptoms I see with my pregnant patients are low back pain. Sometimes, the babies position in the mom’s pelvis can put pressure on the sciatic nerve which can cause numbness and tingling down one leg. Other areas of increased laxity, like in the wrists, can cause some pregnancy induced carpal tunnel syndrome, or numbness/tingling and even weakness in the hands.
Is it safe to treat a pregnant patient?
A pregnant patient can be treated very safely. Though, there are cases, where manually adjusting the pregnant patient would be contraindicated. Please discuss these conditions further with your chiropractor.
How long during my pregnancy can I receive chiropractic care?
A pregnant patient can receive care up until they deliver as long as it is comfortable.
There are often lots of questions regarding orthotics. Please see some commonly asked questions below.
How do I know if I need orthotics?
Not everyone needs orthotics. And not everyone with flat feet need orthotics. We need to look at how your body is functioning as your foot steps on the ground. You can check the ware of your shoes. Is there even wear in right to left feet? Is there heavier wear in the heel compared to the other parts of the foot? Are you getting pain in your feet, ankles, knees, hips or spine? Some injuries can occur as a result of altered movement of the feet as they strike the ground leading to further changes up the kinetic chain.
Do I need a referral for orthotics?
This is dependent on your benefit plan. Please check the particulars of your plan prior to booking your orthotic assessment. Every plan is different. Some plans require a medical doctor referral, some require assessment only by a podiatrist, chiropodist or pedorthist. Other plans have no specifics.
How long does it take to receive my orothotics?
We usually give about 2 weeks for the orthotics to be made and then dispensed to the patient.
How often do I need a new pair of orthotics?
This is dependent on the activities that you are doing with your orthotics in your shoes. In most orthotics, the actual orthotic part is very durable and will last a long time. The top cover and the modifications may wear faster. If this is the case, simply bring in your orthotic to have a new top cover made. Check the condition of your orthotics yearly and if they are breaking apart, or your foot has changed, then it will be time for a new pair.