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FAQ

Q:How do I know what therapy is best for my condition?

Before a patient receives therapy at Able Body Health Clinic he or she will undergo a clinical history and musculoskeletal physical examination by a doctor of chiropractic. The chiropractors at Able Body Health Clinic are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and will offer advice with regard to which therapy is best for your condition, what your other options are, and if a visit to your medical physician or the hospital is required.

Q:Will my health insurance cover treatments?

The Alberta Provincial Healthcare Plan currently covers chiropractic services for seniors (over 65); this coverage amounts to $25/visit to a maximum of $200/year. Chiropractic, massage and acupuncture are also covered extensively by third party payers. These include the federal public service, worker’s compensation boards, the automobile insurance industry, private health care insurers (eg: Blue Cross; Great West Life; etc), large employers, the RCMP, and Veteran’s Affairs Canada. Contact your specific health insurance provider to determine your coverage and how you can make use of your benefits.

Q:Does your clinic direct-bill insurance?

YES! With your permission, the health care providers at Able Body Health Clinic can submit insurance claims electronically on your behalf for Blue Cross, Great West life, SunLife, GreenShield and others.  A few  private insurance companies still require patients to pay in advance and submit paper claim submissions in the mail; in these cases and with your permission, we will complete and mail the paperwork on your behalf. If you are a senior (over 65), we can also submit your government claim for chiropractic services electronically on your behalf.

Q:Does chiropractic treatment require a referral from a medical doctor?

No, you do not need any referral to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are doctors and are “primary contact” health care providers. This means that they are trained to accurately diagnosis your condition and determine if conservative treatment is right, or if your condition requires a visit to a medical physician or the hospital.

Q:Does acupuncture treatment require a referral from a medical doctor?

No, you do not need any referral to see the acupuncture provider at Able Body Health Clinic. Our acupuncture providers are “primary contact” health care providers. This means that they are trained to accurately diagnose your condition and determine if conservative treatment is right, or if your condition requires a visit to a medical physician or the hospital. However, some insurance plans may require a prescription from an MD in order for you to use the acupuncture benefits on your health insurance plan.

Q:Does massage therapy require a referral from a medical doctor?

While you do not need a referral in order to receive treatment from a registered massage therapist, most private insurance companies still require you to have an MD referral in order to use your health insurance for this service. We encourage you to contact your health insurance provider to see if they require a referral for massage.

Q:What should I expect during my first visit?

Watch this 2 minute video that explains what will happen during your first visit to a chiropractor or acupuncturist at Able Body Health Clinic. VIDEO: What to expect during your first visit to an acupuncturist or chiropractor at Able Body Health Clinic

Q:What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Watch this 2 minute video! It shows exactly what happens during a chiropractic adjustment. VIDEO: What is a chiropractic adjustment?

Q:Will I need X-rays?

X-rays can sometimes play an important role in diagnosis, but are not always necessary. At Able Body Health Clinic, x-rays are only taken when they are medically necessary, which is determined after a thorough history and physical examination. Chiropractors in Canada receive over 300 hours of education in radiology covering a full range of topics from protection to X-ray interpretation and diagnosis. Governments in every province have recognized the training and competence of chiropractors to take and interpret X-rays and have granted them this right.

Q:Can manual therapies cure earaches, asthma or other medical ailments?

When it comes to infectious or serious disease, manual therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture or massage, should never be used as a replacement for proper treatment from your medical physician. However, there is some research to suggest that manual therapies may complement and improve the outcomes of your regular medical treatments. Manual therapies can often reduce pain, discomfort and stress and improve biomechanical function, sleep and quality of life. If you can optimize all these other aspects of your health, your body will respond better to your medical treatments as well! The healthcare professionals at Able Body Health Clinic will work with your medical physician and specialists to ensure that you get the best possible care from every part of your healthcare team!

Q:Why do I have to go back to the clinic for treatment multiple times?

The hands-on nature of manual therapy treatment is essentially what sends patients back to the clinic a number of times. Where a medical doctor can give you a number of pills that you can take at home, to receive manual therapy a patient needs to be in the clinic. The health care providers at Able Body Health Clinic are experts in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and will offer advice with regard to how much therapy you will need. How long you choose to continue to receive treatment is always a patients choice.

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