According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”


Doctors of Chiropractic provide treatments and preventative care options without the use of medications, allowing the body to heal naturally. Our  chiropractors perform a full history and examination consisting of: orthopedic testing, neurological testing, muscular testing and radiographs when necessary, in order to arrive at a diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis and patient goals, our chiropractors work to design a plan of care which suits the needs of the patient. Our Chiropractors also recommend exercise, nutritional and lifestyle advice in order to optimize recovery and improve patient health.

You should see a chiropractor for any of the following:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains from daily activities
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Work and sports-related injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Restricted movement in the back, shoulders, neck or limbs
  • General health and well-being

Chiropractic care can:

  • 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
  • Correct gait and foot problems

It depends! At Somerset Family Chiropractic, your Doctor will conduct a thorough history and physical examination and diagnose your current condition. There are typically 3 phases of chiropractic care: relief care, corrective care, and wellness care. The severity of your specific condition will determine how quickly you transition through these phases.

Phase 1 – Relief Care

If you are in pain when you visit our clinic, the first objective is to help you feel better. Depending on the severity of your problem, it is typical for a patient to require care 2 to 3 times per week for 4 to 12 weeks.


Phase 2 – Corrective Care

During the corrective care phase, muscles and other tissues are allowed to heal more effectively, thereby helping to prevent injury. It is typical for a patient to require care 4 to 8 times per month for 6 months to 2 years, depending on your overall health and the severity of your problem.


Phase 3 – Wellness Care

Once your body has fully healed, it is important to visit our clinic for periodic adjustments in order to avoid problems in the future. This phase typically requires a patient to visit 1 to 4 times per month, based on their lifestyle and goals.

A chiropractic adjustment is a specialized technique used by a Doctor of Chiropractic, most commonly by hand, to gently move a subluxated vertebrae back into place in order to remove nerve pressure and biomechanically restore the proper functioning of the spine. The majority of patients benefit from the immediate relief experienced by an adjustment. The cracking noise hard during an adjustment is due to the release of gas from the joint. This is perfectly normal and a healthy process for the spine.

Adjustments are a beneficial way to keep the body functioning at an optimal level. When the body is in good alignment and moving properly, the body is able to adapt and heal as it was designed to.

The chiropractic profession refers to a subluxation as a vertebrae which has moved out of alignment, putting pressure on associated nerves. Subluxations are caused by many factors such as repetitive stress, poor posture, slips and falls, car accidents and trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, there is an interference with the proper communication of nerves from the brain to the rest of the body. As these subluxations become chronic, the spine and surrounding structures, including muscles , ligaments and discs, begin to degenerate. These changes cause the spine and associated structures to adapt, leading to early arthritic changes, pain, decreased mobility and a decreased ability to heal. The longer this progresses and goes untreated, the more difficult and longer it takes to treat, leading to poor health and reduced quality of life.

The noise that you may hear during a chiropractic adjustment is called a cavitation, and it is the release of gas that makes that particular sound. The joints of the spine are called synovial joints and they produce a fluid called synovial fluid. Synovial fluid lubricates the joint (for movement) and nourishes it. This nourishment is what makes getting regular adjustments so valuable.


What happens next? Once the joint is opened up, the synovial fluids re-lubricate the joint surfaces, and normal motion is restored. Any patient who has ever had a stuck joint, and has been unable to move properly knows exactly what follows the chiropractic adjustment – instant relief!

If you are currently experiencing neck or low back pain, contact Somerset Family Chiropractic to make an appointment!

Yes! Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest, drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of headaches, neck and back pain. Most patients experience immediate relief following an adjustment and in fact look forward to being treated because of the relief patients experience.

No, a referral is not required when booking an appointment at our clinic! However, your insurance provider may require a Physician’s referral in order to approve and process your claim.

Orthotics can help patients remain in alignment and thus avoid muscle imbalances and compensated postures that could induce soft tissue overstress

Research shows that orthotics help relive pain for many indications: Low back pain, scoliosis, flat feet, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bunions.

We all understand that an insertion makes an uneven chair stabled but when you take it out it goes rocking again. So does the orthotic.

Therefore an orthotic is not a cure for a condition but stops worsening a condition from biomechanical induced complaints.  An adaptation should be allowed for the body to the mechanical change once orthotics are worn.

Most health insurance policies include orthotics as part of your coverage.

Unfortunately chiropractic clinics are unable to submit expenses to insurance providers on your behalf. However, we will happily provide you with the necessary receipts and documentation that you require in order for you to submit the claim to your insurance company.

Initial consultations are between 45 to 60 minutes long. During your next appointment, your Doctor will discuss your Report of Findings with you, which will last approximately 30 minutes. Regular subsequent chiropractic adjustments will vary depending on your condition.

Yes, we have treated infants as young as 5 days old! Older children can also benefit from chiropractic care, as regular treatments have been linked to establishing and maintaining healthy sleep patterns, improved behaviour, and better functionality of the nervous system. Learn more here!

Children should be checked right after birth. The birthing process can be a very traumatic experience. Studies show that many children who experience symptoms of asthma, colic and ear infections have vertebral subluxations affecting their nervous system function. Early detection and correction can help children regain optimal nervous system function and improve their quality of life.

Chiropractors use very specific, gentle techniques when treating children. Regardless of age, proper steps are taken to ensure the right adjustment is made. Chiropractors use various techniques and have specific tools to accommodate children of any age and body size.