Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a doctor’s referral for massage therapy or chiropractic treatment?

 

No, you do not need a referral from your family doctor to be eligible to see a chiropractor or massage therapist. 

 

Some  insurance providers require a referral for massage therapy in order for the service to be covered under your extended health care.  Before booking, we recommend checking the details of your extended health care coverage.

Is massage safe during pregnancy?

What are the benefits of chiropractic care for pre-natal women?

 

Pregnancy related pain is often caused by muscle imbalances and mechanical issues caused by changes in posture/ weight distribution (shifting forward, increased lumbar lordosis)/which puts added stress on the back, hips, knees and feet/ankles.  

In addition, during the third trimester, a hormone called relaxin is released, which increases ligament laxity to accomodate for enlarged uterus, the baby and later birth. However, loosening of joints can decrease joint stability and further alter posture.

 Studies have shown that Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to decrease pain in pregnancy and labour. Chiropractic care assists in balancing the joints and muscles of the pelvis to aid in reducing hip pain, low back pain and associated nerve pain such as sciatica during pregnancy and after birth.

Borg-Stein J, Dugan SA. (2007). Musculoskeletal disorders of pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 18(3):459–476.

 

Does Facial Acupuncture hurt?​

 

Cosmetic facial acupuncture is relatively painless. There are areas of the face with a rich nerve supply such as the eyebrows and nasal labial fold which may be more tender.

 

Acupuncture needles are very fine (0.12mm to 0.16mm); they are single-use and are individually wrapped in sterile packaging.

Acupuncture may cause a small light bruise to appear at the site of needle insertion, however these incidences are seldom and any discolouration will clear up in a matter of a day or two.

What is cupping?

Cupping is the therapeutic application of cups designed to release and mobilize soft tissue restrictions.

What are the multiple benefits of cupping?​

  • Assist with lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling and edema

  • Increase blood flow to aid in healing

  • Reduce muscle spasm

  • Reduce tissue stiffness

  • Mobilize scar tissue and adhesions

  • Release trigger points painlessly