New Patients

Q: I don’t know if I can afford chiropractic care.

A: Dr. Roussel charges fees that are significantly lower than the Ontario Chiropractic Association’s recommended guidelines. This is his way of trying to ensure that his care is accessible to as many people as possible. There are also many who don’t realize that their work health insurance policies cover chiropractic care. Dr. Roussel feels that no one should be denied care due to their finances.

Q: I have heard that once you start seeing a chiropractor it becomes a lifetime commitment and you have to keep going.

A: In Dr. Roussel’s clinic nothing could be further from the truth. When you come in with a musculoskeletal problem he will do everything he can to help you. The frequency and number of treatments is determined by any number of factors, including your age, how long you have had the problem, the severity of the problem, how compliant you are with care, etc. In the final analysis, if your goals have been achieved you will be discharged from care on a mutually agreed upon basis and free to come back anytime if you need future treatment. It is all about respecting your choice as an individual.

Q: What if I would like to opt for some preventative maintenance chiropractic treatment beyond my initial complaint?
A: Dr. Roussel offers this option for those who choose it. Many people with chronic or recurrent back problems who are doing other things to help themselves also find chiropractic check-ups add some measure of insurance against future flair-ups that may require weeks or months of care. An ounce of prevention may save a pound of pain.

Q: Is chiropractic treatment painful? Will it hurt?

A: This is by far the most common question and the answer really depends. If you came in to see Dr. Roussel with a severely acute problem and you can hardly move without pain, then some degree of discomfort may occur with the treatment. In general however, Dr. Roussel is a very gentle chiropractor who takes the comfort level of his patients very seriously. Dr. Roussel uses a variety of methods as necessary to ensure that treatment is comfortable for everyone. If you are currently seeing a chiropractor and find that you are always sore after treatments then perhaps a gentler approach is warranted.

Q: If I see Dr. Roussel for my back problem and I don’t wish to have my neck region touched will that be respected?

A: Of course. If you come in with a particular problem you will never be pressured to receive treatment for other parts of your spine. On the other hand if you come in with a primary complaint for treatment and would like another issue addressed he will give you the information you need to make that choice.

Q: Do I use heat or cold for my back, neck or other musculoskeletal problems?

A: This is perhaps the second most common question that comes up in our clinic. If you have just locked up your back or neck, and are unable to move because of pain, then use Cold. Think of it like a sprained ankle. Back and neck problems are treated the same way. If you’ve hurt yourself there will most likely be inflammation/swelling associated with it. You want to reduce the swelling to expedite the healing process and reduce your pain. Cold goes on in the form of a gel pack, crushed ice or cold cloth for 15-20 minutes every hour. Use heat for general stiffness and achiness only, for 30-40 minutes. Remember to always protect your skin with a cloth. When in doubt, use cold because if you use heat when you shouldn’t you will only cause additional swelling and subsequently more pain.