If you’re looking into finding a chiropractor, chances are you’re struggling with some kind of pain! We understand that coming in for an adjustment may be daunting the first time around, so we’ve put together a handy guide of everything you might need to know.

First of all…what is a chiropractor?

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A chiropractor is a health care professional that diagnoses, treats and assists in the prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Here at Sardis Chiropractic, Chilliwack native Dr. Andrew Gagnon is the resident chiropractor. Dr. Gagnon’s experience includes over 20 years of active practice at Sardis Chiropractic as well as 15 years of multidisciplinary care at Canadian Back Institute (CBI). Over this period Dr. Gagnon has gained a wealth of clinical experience with regards to biomechanical and soft tissue injuries.

A chiropractor’s purpose is to restore function and stability to your spine. This is done by realigning the vertebrae in a patient’s spine using spinal manipulation. Releasing tension in the spine allows for muscles to be relaxed. It relieves pain associated with the misalignment such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, and more.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) we receive about chiropractic services

Who can benefit from a visit to a chiropractor?

Much like with orthotics, chiropractic adjustments and assessments can be a preventative measure as well a reactive treatment. However, if you’re encountering any back pain, we definitely recommend coming up for an adjustment!

There are a lot of conditions chiropractors can help with that may surprise you . . .

Will I feel better straight after my adjustment? Or will I be sore?

Normally, patients leave our clinic feeling relieved! However, for more complex issues, it can take multiple adjustments to really alleviate the issue.

How long does it take to normally fix back pain?

While you’ll often leave our office feeling instantly better, for long-term results it normally takes 10-12 treatments over a month or two.

Are chiropractic services covered by insurance?

Most extended healthcare plans do cover chiropractic services – but we always recommend checking with your insurance provider directly.

What issues can chiropractors treat?

All sorts of things! People are often shocked at how many problems chiropractors can relieve for them. Some common issues include:

  • Migraines and tension headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain & lower back pain
  • Digestive Issues
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pinched nerves

Are chiropractic treatments painful?

No! Aside from any discomfort you come to the appointment with, the actual adjustment is a pain-free process and you should feel a sense of relief post-treatment. It’s normal to feel cracks and pops as you’re being adjusted, but these should not hurt.

Dr. Gagnon makes sure to explain each treatment as he works for your peace of mind. If you’re nervous, feel free to bring a friend. Alternatively, if you’ve been referred by one of our patients, you’re welcome to sit in on one of their treatments.

Do you offer direct billing?

Absolutely! Bring your insurance details to your appointment and most providers we can direct bill for you.

A visit with Sardis Chiropractic is the first step in a path to health, wellness and a greater understanding how your body works best.

Sardis Chiropractic has built an outstanding reputation for quality and trustworthy care over the years. With a passion for improving the quality of life for our patients, we want to provide you with quality, evidence based chiropractic care in a friendly environment. We believe in patient centered care and tailor our programs to each patient’s needs.

Designed to relieve pain, promote healing and improve function, our treatments consist of a wide range of manual techniques that help reduce the chances of the problem recurring.

Our approach is based on experience, the latest research evidence and good judgment. Advice on lifestyle choices, self-help, exercise, diet and posture is included with every interaction. Well known for treating problems with the spine, a chiropractor treats the entire body including muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Renewed energy, improved pain relief and having movements restored are just some of the benefits chiropractic treatments can provide.

An efficient and balanced body provides you with more energy for living life!

Mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system can have a direct effect on the functions of your nervous system and your health in general. This is what Chiropractic is all about – diagnosing, treating and preventing these disorders. Disorders arising from lack of exercise, accidents, poor posture, and stress can be addressed in large part by restoring functions to the musculoskeletal system.

Spinal joints can cause irritation to your muscles and nerves due to mechanical disorders. Pain and discomfort is a clear warning sign that certain functions are not operating properly discomfort and pain, which are a warning that specific musculoskeletal systems are not functioning properly.

Pain and muscle spasm relief is a big part of what our treatments consist of including a range of techniques that manipulate and improve how your joints function.