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Farney Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre
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Mon 8:00 - 12:30 2:00 - 5:30
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Wed 8:00 - 12:30 2:00 - 5:30
Thurs 10:00 - 1:00
Fri 9:00 - 12:30 2:00 - 6:00
Sat 10:00 - 12:00
 
Walk-Ins welcome upon availability.
Accepting new patients
 
Dr. Craig Farney:
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Dr. Todd Farney:
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Dr. Shannon Sauer:
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FAQ's

FAQ's

If you are like most people, you probably have had one or more of the following questions.
 
What is chiropractic?
Is chiropractic treatment effective?
Does my doctor need to refer me to a chiropractor?
Can I find a chiropractor at my local hospital or doctor's office?
What typically happens during a chiropractic adjustment?
Why do I hear a popping sound when my chiropractor adjusts me?
How often will I have to see my chiropractor?
Why should I see a chiropractor?
What should I expect on my first chiropractic visit?
How many treatments will I need?
I have heard that once I start seeing a chiropractor I have to come forever. Is this true?
Why are X-Rays needed for treatment?
What is a subluxation?
I have arthritis. Is it safe for me to go to a chiropractor?
What are the educational requirements for becoming a chiropractor?
 
 
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a medical practice that people of any age can benefit from. Doctors of Chiropractic use a hands-on, drug-free and non-surgical approach when examining, diagnosing and treating patients. These treatments typically include an adjustment, called a spinal manipulation, performed by using a controlled force on the spine or another part of the body. The adjustment helps relieve your pain by correcting a misalignment, and the controlled force provides positive energy in your nervous system, helping to support the healing process. Some of the most common reasons people see a chiropractor are because they are experiencing back pain, neck pain or headaches, but it can also be beneficial for helping the body heal from an injury, or even get over a cold or illness. Your chiropractor will work with you to create a treatment plan that will meet your needs and fit your lifestyle.
 
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Is chiropractic treatment effective?
Typically, yes. Most of the time chiropractic treatment is effective. Because there are many methods, styles, and techniques, it can be easily adapted to what works best for the individual. As with every other type of medical treatment, there can be some risk involved with chiropractic care, such as increased pain. There are a few ways to reduce these risks. One way is to ask for a consultation with the doctor regarding your condition before beginning treatment. Before seeing a chiropractor, be sure he or she is completely qualified to treat your condition. Your chiropractor should be board-qualified and licensed. 
 
You can check a chiropractor's credentials on the American Chiropractic Association website.
 
You can also ask someone reliable for a chiropractor recommendation. Your doctor, family members, and friends can share their recommendations.
 
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Does my doctor need to refer me to a chiropractor?
Not necessarily. You can visit a chiropractor without your medical doctor knowing. If you are currently being treated by a medical doctor, it is a good idea to communicate to both doctors what type of care you are receiving.

The only reason you may need your doctor to refer you to see a chiropractor is if it is required by your insurance. Some medical doctors are happy to refer you to a chiropractor, and some medical doctors even recommend chiropractic care to their patients.
 
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Can I find a chiropractor at my local hospital or doctor's office?
Sometimes. Chiropractors can treat patients in a variety of settings, such as outpatient healthcare facilities or in a hospital. Some chiropractors have even been known to help with sports injuries on-site at the athletic field, but most chiropractors practice at a private or group practice office.
 
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What typically happens during a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a manual approach, either hands-on or using a specialized adjustment tool that is used to maneuver the joints in the body to increase nervous system function, decreasing pain, and restoring joint function.
Spinal manipulation should not cause increased pain, although it is normal to experience a bit of mild soreness for the first day or days after being treated.
 
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Why do I hear a popping sound when my chiropractor adjusts me?

Often during a chiropractic adjustment, you may hear a sort-of “pop” sound. It is nothing to be afraid of, and shouldn’t even be painful. The noise comes from a change of pressure between the joint or vertebrae, and the two bones don’t even touch. The sound is often because of the release of a little bubble in the fluid surrounding a joint.
You can read more here: Article: Chiropractic Adjustment Sound
 
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How often will I have to see my chiropractor?
Every person is different. Typically it depends on how severe your condition is, and what your goals through chiropractic are. For example, if you have chronic back pain, we might recommend being adjusted more often. Or if you are not experiencing pain, but would like to maintain proper alignment and nervous system function, we might recommend a maintenance-based treatment schedule, which is regular but not as often.
 
We encourage you to make your own decision, and do our best to educate you as to what our options are and what would suit your situation best. Communicate with us about your health goals, and we will help you know what to expect as we help you meet them.
 
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Why should I see a chiropractor?
Simply put, you should see a chiropractor to feel better, and start enjoying your life again.

More specifically, though, Chiropractic is the solution to many common issues. Some reasons chiropractic may be a fit for you are these:
  • To relieve both chronic pain and acute pain.
  • To restore or maintain proper alignment and joint function.
  • To decrease normal joint degeneration that comes from aging.
  • To prevent worsening of a condition, such as a previous injury.
  • After an injury to prevent scar tissue from developing and to prevent your body from adapting or compensating poorly.
  • To prevent a herniated disc in your spine.
  • To relieve muscle spasms or stiffness.
  • To reduce swelling and inflammation.
  • To improve range of motion and flexibility.
 
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What should I expect on my first chiropractic visit?
Your first visit will probably last 30-60 minutes. The doctor will visit with you to get a full medical history. He will perform an orthopedic and neurological exam to gain a diagnosis. The doctor will also palpate (feel) the spine and/or extremities. When he does this, he is looking for vertebrae that are poorly aligned, joints that are malfunctioning – either too loose or too restricted, imbalance in the muscles, and muscle tenderness.
He may recommend and perform an x-ray to rule out a fracture or other ailment which would contraindicate chiropractic treatment, or necessitate referral to another specialist.
 
Once the doctor arrives at a diagnosis, he can begin your treatment. Our doctors utilize a variety of adjustment styles and techniques, tailored to your needs and preferences. It is important to communicate with the doctor if you are nervous, or if you have a certain preference (e.g. extra gentle, more aggressive, hands only or adjustment tool) so we can accommodate you and make sure you are comfortable.
Sometimes (such as with elderly patients, infants, and those with advanced osteoporosis) the doctor will only use “low force” or gentle adjustments, as that is appropriate for such patients.
 
The adjustment often makes a “popping” sound, which normally doesn’t feel uncomfortable, but can be surprising the first time.
 
The doctor uses therapies and modalities such as intersegmental traction (a bed with rollers to massage the spine), electrotherapy, cold laser or low-level laser light therapy, diathermy, and hot or cold packs. He also educates you on how to perform complementary exercises, and which vitamins and supplements will help speed up your healing time. Most vitamins and supplements are available at our office. 
 
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How many treatments will I need?
Every person is different. As with all other forms of treatment, how your body responds may be different from how another person’s body responds. Also, the severity of your situation can make a difference. In acute cases, it is often best to begin with treatment 3 times per week for a few weeks, and then as you show improvement, your visits will be decreased in frequency. If you aren’t showing the kind of improvement the doctor would expect, he will re-evaluate and adjust your treatment plan, or refer you to an appropriate specialist. Most people can notice improvement in the first 1 to 3 visits.
 
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I have heard that once I start seeing a chiropractor I have to come forever. Is this true?
Not necessarily. Many chiropractors believe that all people should get adjustments on a regular basis. The idea is that you should have regular chiropractic check-ups in the same way you should have regular check-ups at the dentist. We will never force you into more care than you desire. We do, however, do our best to educate our patients on what options carry what benefits, and help you establish your care accordingly.
Some competitive athletes benefit from regular chiropractic care, because of the high demand that they place on their bodies. Additionally some people that receive regular treatment that is “wellness-based” instead of “illness-based” find that they do not have to be treated as often, because of the regular maintenance their body is getting. Chiropractic simply helps the body function at its best, and the choice is up to you.
 
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Why are X-Rays needed for treatment?
We will usually only take x-rays if the doctor feels they will provide insight which may alter the treatment method originally decided upon. One of the major reasons an x-ray might be taken is to locate fractures or other structural issues which may contraindicate chiropractic treatment, or the need to visit a medical doctor. X-rays can also help identify issues involving abnormal curvatures of the spine, scoliosis, misaligned joints, and arthritis. For some of our patients we are treating for scoliosis, we like to take x-rays at intervals along your treatment, so view your progress. 

 
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What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is the term for a spinal joint dysfunction that a chiropractor can correct by spinal manipulation or an adjustment. It refers to a functional impairment, and not always a structural one, and often cannot be seen on an x-ray. For example, a sprained ankle is dysfunctional, and certainly very painful, but will not always show up on an x-ray.
 
A modern consensus definition is: "A motion segment ( a motion segment simply put is a joint ie. the joint between two vertebra) in which alignment, movement integrity, and /or physiologic function are altered although contact between the joint surfaces remains intact."
 
A subluxation can mean that some or all of the following is true:
Impaired function and/or range of motion in a joint, including the spinal joints
Nerve involvement
Vascular involvement
Structural displacement
 
The causes of subluxation fall into two basic categories, external or internal (extrinsic or intrinsic). Some extrinsic causes are trauma, microtrauma, posture, occupation and overuse. Some intrinsic causes can be stress, fatigue, scoliosis, illness, structural abnormalities, and arthritis.

 
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I have arthritis. Is it safe for me to go to a chiropractor?
For most people with arthritis, chiropractic is safe. In fact, chiropractic can actually be beneficial in reducing arthritic pain and helps maintain joint mobility. In a few cases of people with severe arthritis, chiropractic adjustments are contraindicated. Even in these cases, however, physiotherapy can often be helpful.

 
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What are the educational requirements for becoming a chiropractor?
In North America, becoming a chiropractor requires a minimum of 6 years university-level training. It must all meet official accreditation standards. A graduate must also complete his or her national licensing board exams before he or she is allowed to practice. In the US, Sweden and New Zealand, chiropractic education is considered the equivalent to medical education in the basic sciences. Chiropractic college admission requires 2 years minimum of undergraduate college education. Prerequisites include biology, organic chemistry, general chemistry, physiology and physics. A professional chiropractic program is 4 academic years in length; the a minimum of 4,200 hours, but most US colleges range from 4,400 to 5,220 hours, and average 4,822 credit hours.


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