Frequently Asked Questions


Q. What is chiropractic?


A. Chiropractic is the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions related to the spine, nervous system, and joints.  Adjustments and other chiropractic modalities help to relieve pain and restore normal function to the spine, joints, and supporting tissues.  Chiropractors are also trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional counselling, and recommend rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.  

Q. What is an adjustment?

A. An adjustment is a precise movement applied by hand to a joint in the body.  Chiropractors are trained extensively in this controlled act that only particular regulated health professions are authorized to perform.  Adjustments assist in restoring joint motion and optimizing function of the muskuloskeletal system.  


Q. When should I see a chiropractor?

A.  Chiropractors are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat conditions such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and referring pain into the arms and legs.  Work, accidents, sports injuries, household chores, and stress can cause joint pain and dysfunction.  If pain is interrupting the activities of your daily life, you should consult a health care provider.  Chiropractors are primary care professionals; they have been trained to determine if your condition is outside of their scope of practice or better managed by an alternate health care provider, and if so, the appropriate referral will be made to ensure you are receiving the best care possible.  


Q. What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

A. There are many benefits associated with chiropractic care including:
 
-Improved movement and function in the neck, shoulders, back, torso and extremities
-Improved posture
-Relief from headaches, neck, and back pain
-Prevention of muscle and joint injuries
-Improved flexibility, strength, and range of motion
-Relief of pregnancy-related back pain
-Correction of gait and foot issues 

Q. What certifications does Dr. Griffiths have?

A. Dr. Griffiths holds:

-A Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
-A Bachelor of Science majoring in Biomedical Science from the University of Guelph
-200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Radiant Life Yoga School
-Webster Technique and Perinatal Care Training with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Assocation
-Mental Health First Aid Basic training
-Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

Q. What is the Webster Technique?

A. The Webster Technique is a chiropractic assessment and treatment protocol used on pregnant women throughout their pregnancy to improve comfort and function during pregnancy, and to prepare for an easier birth.  The goal of the specific adjustment is to correct the effects of pelvic malpositioning and dysfunction that can be intensified by the biomechanical changes that take place during pregnancy.  In addition to the bony structures, the technique balances pelvic muscles and ligaments to optimize the mother's pelvic function in pregnancy and during the birthing process.  

Dr. Griffiths also incorporates specific physical rehabilitation to strengthen and balance core and pelvic musculature in preparation for labour and delivery.  

Q. What modalities will Dr. Griffiths use during my appointment?

A. Depending on the particular presentation and patient goals and preferences, Dr. Griffiths will use a combination of the following:

-Spinal and extremity joint mobilization and manipulation
-Soft tissue therapy
-Physical rehabilitation and yoga therapy
-Nutritional and lifestyle counselling related to sleep hygiene and stress management
-Supplement recommendations
-Orthotics prescription


Q. Can my Yoga Therapy program be covered through extended health benefits?  

A. Clinical Yoga Therapy programs led by Dr. Griffiths may be offered to patients as a chiropractic service, in which case they will be covered by insurance providers, granted patients have coverage for "chiropractic."  In order to access yoga therapy as a chiropractic service, patients must be assessed via a history and physical examination to determine if yoga therapy is an appropriate treatment option for their condition.