With your clinic located inside GoodLife Fitness – Do I have to be a GoodLife member to come in?
-You do not need to be a GoodLife member. Anyone can come in for treatment.
Do I need a referral from my medical doctor to see a chiropractor?
-No – chiropractors are primary care doctors. That means anyone can see a chiropractor with no medical referral.
Does my extended health benefits cover chiropractic?
-Almost always, but check with your provider to make sure.
Does OHIP cover chiropractic treatments?
-No. Chiropractic treatments are not covered under OHIP, but are usually covered through your extended health benefits.
I have an injury or condition but it isn’t related to my back – Can a chiropractor still help?
-Yes. Chiropractors are fully trained in assessing and treating other conditions that affect the entire body.
What would my first visit consist of?
-A thorough health history will be taken along with an orthopaedic assessment to determine your diagnosis. A treatment plan is decided on and the first treatment provided if necessary. The whole process takes around 45min-1hr.
Will I need x-rays?
-It is unlikely that Dr. Tam will request x-rays unless it is deemed absolutely necessary.
How long are treatments?
-The average treatment takes 15 minutes. However – treatments can be booked for 15, 30, and 60 minutes depending on the severity of your condition and/or time constraints of your busy schedule.
What education do chiropractors have?
-Chiropractors complete a minimum of seven years of university level education. Almost all have an undergraduate Science Degree prior to entering the 4 year Chiropractic Doctoral Diploma. This intense curriculum is very similar to medical school with the main difference being chiropractors don’t study pharmaceuticals. Instead that time is devoted to orthopaedic testing, treatment of conditions, and human anatomy with a large neuromusculoskeletal emphasis (nerves, muscles, bones and joints).
Will I be getting my back ‘cracked’?
-If during the assessment Dr. Tam finds that certain joints in the spine or even in the extremity (ex. arms, legs, hands, feet) are tight or restricted, he will explain how an ‘adjustment’ may help correct the issue. If you are not entirely comfortable trying the adjustment – Dr. Tam can use other more gentle techniques to try and achieve a similar outcome. Some conditions do not require the use of the chiropractic adjustment.