Frequently Asked Questions

If I see a chiropractor do I have to go for ever, why do I need more than one treatment?

No, as chiropractic patient you become a patient of the Doctor. He/She will deal with the issues presented and once the condition has reached its maximum benefit, patients are discharged. If a new issue arises, then the patient now who is a patient of the clinic can call to book an appointment. The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary.

Do I need a referral to see a chiropractor?

No a referral is not necessary. In Ontario Chiropractors are considered Primary Health care physicians and no referral is required. However, chiropractors often work closely with medical doctors, many of whom refer to chiropractors when they believe chiropractic treatment will help alleviate a patient’s condition. Similarly, chiropractors frequently refer to medical doctors when necessary.

Am I too old or too young to see a chiropractor?

Chiropractors are trained to deal with all aspects of musculoskeletal injuries and age groups. After a careful history and examination a specific treatment strategy for you is devised.

Is Chiropractic treatment safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.At your first visit the chiropractor will review with you your issues and discuss treatment options and after a thorough explanation informed consent is still required.

What is the "cracking sound" when you get treated?

Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.

How can chiropractic benefit me?


Chiropractic care can help with,

  • Improve movement in your neck, shoulders, back and torso
  • Improve your posture
  • Provide relief from headaches, neck and back pain
  • Help prevent work-related muscle and joint injuries
  • Lead to enhanced athletic performance
  • Improve your flexibility and range of motion
  • Relieve pregnancy-related back ache
  • Correction gait and foot problems

To book an appointment with Dr. John Misale, please contact either his East End or Downtown Hamilton location.

About Dr. Misale

Dr. John Misale is a Chiropractor in Hamilton. He has a strong background in physical rehabilitation. He has maintained a strong community based practice over the last 20 years in Hamilton. Dr. Misale has maintained strong ties with all disciplines in the health care fields. His strong belief in well rounded care for the... Read More

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