Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long is a typical visit for Chiropractic?
A: The initial visit will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete, depending on the severity and complexity of the injury. During this visit the practitioner will perform a history, a physical exam, provide a diagnosis and recommendations for treatment, as well as perform the first treatment (provided they do not require advanced imaging before proceeding). Visits after this point are usually 15-20 minutes in length, again depending on the severity and complexity of the injury.
Q: How long will it take before I feel better?
A: The majority of patients report improvement after the first visit, while for others it might take 2-3 treatments before improvement is detected. The response is varied depending on several factors such as the patients’ overall level of health, exercise history, pain tolerance, and individual characteristics. Most patients will experience full recovery after approximately 6 visits, but again this depends on factors such as the severity, complexity, and chronicity of the injury, as well as the patients’ adherence to the treatment and exercise recommendations.
Q: I have been seeing a chiropractor for several years, what is the difference between them and you?
A: Without generalizing about the entire chiropractic profession, it is fair to say that the chiropractic adjustment is central to the chiropractic visit. Some chiropractors perform only the adjustment, some perform soft-tissue treatment, some provide exercise recommendations, and others provide nutritional recommendations, and still others provide other forms of treatment not mentioned here. At Elite Sports Therapy we provide the services of Chiropractic, Active Release Technique, Graston Technique, Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, Exercise rehabilitation, and Personal Training. While there are several clinics that can boast similar qualifications, there are not many individual chiropractors who can boast all of the above qualifications. The benefit at EST is that you see one practitioner who can provide you with all of the above techniques. They use their expertise and knowledge to determine what will be most effective for you, and will provide you with the techniques and tools to avoid recurrence of your injury in the future.
Q: What does it cost?
A: An initial visit with our chiropractors costs $130-$150, and any subsequent visits cost $80-$85. For students or seniors, an initial visit is $110 and subsequent visits are $60. A 1-hour massage is $95, a half hour is $60, and an hour and a half is $135. Physiotherapy assessments cost $130 and subsequent visits cost $90. (Prices are subject to change without notice).
Q: Is the treatment painful?
A: Our main goal when providing treatment is to remove the source of the pain. In order to do that, we must first locate it and then address it accordingly. Because we are directly targeting the painful tissue, pressure applied to the area can be uncomfortable, but we do everything in our power to cater to your tolerance level. A description we often hear is that “it hurts so good”, which is accurate because by targeting the area it produces some discomfort, but you can tell that it is doing your body good. Patients are so pleased with the outcome that any discomfort during the treatment is well worth it.
Q: What can I do on my own time to help speed recovery?
A: Where appropriate, our doctors will prescribe rehabilitative exercises specific to your injury or condition. By adhering to the exercises as well as the treatment plan, you will accelerate the healing process. Occasionally, patients will complain of tenderness in the areas that were addressed during treatment. This is a common finding because we are breaking down scar tissue and removing adhesions, which can sometimes create a slight inflammatory reaction. In order to combat this effect, ice applied regularly over the area will help to decrease the tenderness. Your doctor will provide you with information regarding the frequency of ice application as well as the specific location to apply it.
Q: Does Alberta Health Care cover the cost of my visit?
A: Alberta Health Care does not contribute to the cost of chiropractic, physiotherapy or massage therapy.
Q: If I have Extended Health Care Coverage, will it pay for my appointment?
A: We recommend that you check with your insurance company first to determine if you have coverage for chiropractic, massage, or physiotherapy. Typically, Extended Health Care with cover a percentage of your visit up to a certain amount until you have reached your annual max. We direct bill the following companies: Blue Cross, Green Shield/SSQ, Sunlife, Great West Life, Manulife, Chambers of Commerce, Cowan, Desjardins, Industrial Alliance, Johnson Inc, Maximum Benefit/Johnston Group and Standard Life. Please bring your benefit card with you to your first appointment.
Q: If I have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, What do I do next?
A: To be covered under the new Alberta Motor Vehicle Accident protocols, you must visit a health practitioner within 10 days of the accident- this can either be a Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or a Medical Doctor. If you visit a health care practitioner within this time, then you are eligible to receive treatment that will be covered by your respective insurance company. In most cases, you will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses until such time as your treatment plan has expired. Your treatment plan must be completed within 90 days of the accident, and further treatment will need to be approved by your insurance company before more will be potentially covered. After your treatment plan is complete and your case closed, but you are free to visit the clinic for the cost of a regular visit.