Frequently Asked Questions
CAN I BOOK ONLINE?
Yes! At this time you are able to book new assessments for physiotherapy and chiropractic online. If you have already had an assessment then please call 902-404-3668 to schedule your follow up appointment. You can however see what is available for your clinician online by visiting choicehealthcentre.janeapp.com any available appointments will be in light blue and labeled called to book.
**NEW** You can now book your massage therapy appointments online! It is suggested to book a 60 minute treatment for your first visit. Enjoy!
CAN I CANCEL MY APPOINTMENT ONLINE?
At this time please call to cancel your appointments or you can email the clinic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I BOOK ONLINE?
WHAT IF ONLINE SHOWS THAT NOTHING IS AVAILABLE?
Computers are not flexible and they sometimes show that nothing is available when there is actually a chance the clinician could fit you in. It is your best bet to call and double check, or get your name put on a wait list so that if the time slot opens up you will get contacted first.
Active Release Technique
WHAT IS ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES?
Active Release Techniques, or ART, is a patented hands- on (manual) soft- tissue technique that treats scar tissue that has been deposited on the soft tissues of the body due to repetitive strain or cumulative trauma. Each session of ART is a combination of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. The technique is highly effective and efficient at treating soft tissue injuries and is known as the gold standard treatment option for Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI’s).
WHAT IS AN ACTIVE RELEASE TECHNIQUES (ART) SESSION LIKE?
ART involves the patient actively moving the soft tissue structure involved from a contracted to a relaxed position while the treating practitioner places a very precise amount of tension on that structure, where he or she feels scar tissue has been deposited. It takes many years of practice for a practitioner to refine the specialized touch required for ART. There are over 500 specific protocols for ART, and the doctor will teach the patient the specific movement for the structure they are about to work on in each case. ART treatments are not painful, although some patients describe the sensation as a “good pain, ” meaning they feel the muscles being stretched and released and understand that it is beneficial for their condition.
HOW LONG DOES AN ART SESSION TAKE?
ART treatments generally take about 15- 20 minutes for a single area of complaint. Your apointment will usually also include prescription of specific exercises as well as advice to help your condition resolve even faster. Depending on the injury, your appointment may also include other adjunctive therapies such as chiropractic care or acupuncture, should the doctor feel them necessary. In this case, the total treatment time may be longer.
HOW MANY SESSIONS OF ART WILL I NEED?
One of the main assets of ART is its ability to treat even chronic conditions in a highly efficient and cost- effective manner, when compared to other forms of treatment. Although treatment plans will vary based on the condition being treated, generally patients feel an improvement in symptoms after the first visit and usually there is significant improvement by 6-8 visits. Factors that effect recovery and response to treatment include nutrition, chronicity (how long you’ve had the problem), and the presence or absence of aggravating factors. The frequency of your treatments is also a factor- generally the best results are achieved when treatment is received 2-3 times per week.
HOW DO I GET TO CHOICE HEALTH CENTRE?
Choice Health Centre Dartmouth, is conveniently located at 99 Main Street in Dartmouth, NS at the Westphal Professional Centre, across the street from the old Sobey’s (Westphal) Plaza. We are the first building on your left as you come up the Main Street ramp from the Circumferential Highway (Hwy 111). We are a newly renovated building with a lighthouse structure on the front.
Choice Health Centre Halifax, is conveniently located at 46 McQuade Lake Crescent in Halifax, NS easily accessed in Bayer's Lake at the 2nd left after the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Headquarters off of Chain Lake Drive. We are the third building on the left set back from the Crescent with ample parking.
WILL YOU BILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY DIRECTLY?
We direct bill for most policies from the following insurance companies:
Can I get treated at both clinics?
We encourage you to stay at one location for the majority of your treatments so that you do not get confused (it has happened more than once!), however if your clinician works at both locations you are able to see them in either location, just make sure you read your email reminders carefully!
IS IT TRUE THAT ONCE YOU’VE STARTED GOING TO A CHIROPRACTOR, YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE?
No, you do not have to see a chiropractor for the rest of your life; You only have to continue going to the chiropractor as long as you wish to maintain the health of your neuromusculoskeletal system. Going to a chiropractor is much like going to the dentist, exercising at a gym, or eating a healthy diet: As long as you keep it up, you continue to enjoy the benefits. It is important to remember that, just like your teeth, your spine experiences normal wear and tear as you walk, drive, sit, lift, sleep, and bend.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY FAMILY PHYSICIAN OR OTHER MEDICAL DOCTOR TO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR?
No, a medical referral is not necessary to see a chiropractor. In Canada, chiropractors are regulated, primary care and primary contact doctors, which means no referral is necessary.
WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING DO CHIROPRACTORS HAVE?
Becoming a chiropractor in Canada requires a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education including no less than 4 years of full-time classroom and clinical instruction at an institution approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada. Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas: basic training in the biological and health sciences, specialized training in the chiropractic discipline, and extensive clinical training.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT?
During your first visit, your chiropractor will want to know about your health history as well as your current complaint. Your home and work life as well as your level of physical activity may also affect your health, so don’t be surprised to be asked questions about these. Although chiropractors use their hands for most treatments, they also use other methods such as heat, light, specialized adjusting instruments, electrotherapy, muscle-testing and balancing. Your chiropractor can also give you information and guidance on how you can stay healthy through proper nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.
HOW IS A CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT PERFORMED?
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during four intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT FROM CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT?
That depends on your condition. The length of time you have had the problem, your age and the degree of your disability all affect the length of your treatment. Your chiropractic doctor should tell you the extent of treatment recommended, and how long you can expect it to last. One of the main reasons people choose chiropractic is that they often see immediate results.
IS THERE A REACTION FOLLOWING A CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATION?
In the course of being treated with chiropractic manipulations, certain reactions may be experienced. The most common reaction is improved mobility and decreased pain that is often immediate. Occaisionally, there is aching or soreness in the spinal joints or muscles. This should not be alarming, as it is sometimes a natural tissue response to an adjustment. If this occurs it is usually within the first few hours post-treatment and does not last longer than 24 hours. An ice pack often reduces the symptoms more quickly. Reactions following a chiropractic adjustment vary greatly from person to person. These may vary from a great sense of exhilaration and well- being to the reactions previously described. Discussion concerning reactions to spinal manipulation is encouraged between the patient and the treating chiropractor.
WHAT IS THE POPPING NOISE ASSOCIATED WITH JOINT MANIPULATION?
Adjustment of a joint may result in release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound It’s exactly the same as when you “crack” your knuckles. It is not painful. It is caused by the change of pressure within the joint resulting in gas bubbles being released.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PERSONAL TRAINER AND A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
A physiotherapist is someone that has graduated from an accredited school of physiotherapy. The program only accepts applicants that have the university level prerequisites, and once accepted the candidate then completes 2 full years of training including practicums. The entire process takes 6 years of post secondary training.
WILL I BE GIVEN A BUNCH OF EXERCISES THAT WILL TAKE UP ALL OF MY TIME?
No our therapists ensure that only those exercises that are pertinent and most effective are prescribed, most clients have no more than 3-5 exercises that take less than 10 minutes/day to complete.
WILL IT HURT?
Physiotherapy is a non-invasive treatment, and every care is taken to ensure that your treatment is comfortable and that your pain is controlled. More likely you will start to feel improvement after just a few treatments.
IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG TO ATTEND PHYSIOTHERAPY?
It is encouraged that children see a physiotherapist following a growth spurt in order to monitor for any issues that may cause problems down the road such as scoliosis or other muscle imbalances. If your child is active and plays competitive sports, it is highly recommended that they see a physiotherapist for regular postural assessments to prevent injuries and maintain good spinal and joint health.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
No, anyone can see a physiotherapist through direct access. Some insurance plans may require that you have a referral in order for your treatment to be covered, it is recommend that you call your provider to be sure.