426 Bruce St.
Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6B 1R4



Chiropractic Care

Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Appointments Preferred
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Dr. Robert Campana - Chiropractic Care
Dr. Robert D. Campana D.C.

What is Chiropractic?

The word chiropractic comes from the Greek words – chiro- meaning “hand”; and praktikós meaning “concerned with action.” Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. Chiropractic is a highly skilled treatment by trained professionals. It focuses treatment on the source of your pain, not the symptoms. It’s hands-on treatment that works.

How are Chiropractors Trained?

In Canada, chiropractors are required to complete a minimum of three years of university followed by four years at an accredited chiropractic college. Once students have completed their formal education, they must pass both a provincial and national set of exams to earn the right to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).

Is Chiropractic Expensive?

Many private insurance plans, workplaces and unions help cover the costs of Chiropractic care. Chiropractic is increasingly recognized as the most cost-effective and beneficial back pain treatment. This is especially true when compared to the expense of other back pain therapies or the productivity cost of lost time from work.

Back Problem Warning Signs

  • Leg pain with numbness, tingling and/or weakness
  • Difficulty in standing up after sitting for a period of time
  • Inability to turn or bend to each side equally
  • Pain that prevents you from sleeping well
  • Back or leg pain when coughing or sneezing
  • Stiffness in the morning that decreases as you move
  • Pain in your hip, buttock, thigh, knee or foot
  • Pain that persists or worsens after 48 hours
  • Unbalanced posture when your head, neck, or shoulder are higher on one side than the other

Back pain is so common because it is caused by so many different things:

  • Work related injuries
  • Stress
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Improper lifting

What are the Options?

Relief care is provided for immediate pain and discomfort. Depending on the diagnosis, your age and physical condition, one visit, or several over a relatively short period of time may be necessary.
Corrective care treats long-term spinal problems. Because these problems have existed for some time they require a longer, more complex period of care, which may include a customized exercise program.
Supportive or maintenance care helps you maintain and enjoy the benefits you’ve achieved from relieve and corrective care. Continuing to work with your chiropractor and having adjustments once in a while will keep your spine as healthy as possible.

We Know How to Relieve Pain at the Healing Arts Centre

The bones in your back, called vertebrae, are connected by cartilage and work together in a very specific way. When everything is working well, your spine is in-line, strong and flexible. The stress of daily living, injuries or accidents can cause the bones to shift out of their normal alignment or affect their range of motion.

These small changes can cause pain by putting pressure on the different joints, muscles and nerves along your spine.

At Healing Arts, your chiropractor understands how to relieve this pain. They are specially trained to find the source of your back pain, assess the problem, and make the proper adjustments that allow your spine to work properly again. Your Healing Arts Chiropractor might also use massage, ultrasound or other therapies to treat your back problem.

Your First Visit:

A chiropractor may be treating your back pain, but he/she is very concerned with the role your back plays in your overall health. Your chiropractor needs a complete picture of your health in order to provide to you the best possible treatment. Here are some of the questions you might be asked and some of the tests the chiropractor may perform:
  • Personal and family medical history
  • Major illnesses you have experienced
  • Surgeries or operations you may have had
  • Check blood pressure, pulse, breathing
  • A check of your reflexes
  • Posture analysis
  • Movement analysis
  • Medications you might be taking
  • Your diet and exercise
  • Your work and leisure activities
  • Your sleeping habits
  • Test muscle strength, & flexibility
  • X-ray of your spine

Frequently Asked Questions about Chiropractic Care:

How does Chiropractic care work?
Do many people see chiropractors?
What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?
What results can I expect from treatment?
How long do chiropractors go to school?
How does a chiropractor become registered and licensed to practice?
Is neck adjustment a forceful action?
Is neck adjustment safe?

How does Chiropractic care work?

Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Our spines change and develop problems just like our teeth, eyes and heart. Left unchecked, these changes may lead to pain, stiffness or other more serious problems.

The nervous system is a key part of your body. It is the communication system between your brain and all of your body’s muscles, organs and tissues. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well, it must be free of interference. The spine is the most common site of nervous interference because nerves travel from the spinal cord through openings on either side of the spine to get to all of your cells and organs.

Each of us is born with the ability to heal and recover from illness. Our bruises heal, cuts mend and common colds are overcome. Your nervous system regulates this inborn healing ability.

The customized care you receive from your chiropractor can help to improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility. It can also restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain quickly, so you can get back to feeling good…today! Back to FAQ List

Do many people see chiropractors?

According to current research, approximately four million Canadians visit a chiropractor each year. The non-surgical, drug-free healing nature of chiropractic also provides benefit to the health of millions of other people worldwide each year. Most chiropractic patients experience real relief and improved general well being, and continue to make regular visits a part of their healthy lifestyle choice. Back to FAQ List

What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?

An adjustment is the main method of treatment used by your Doctor of Chiropractic. It is a specialized, controlled and safe pressure applied to your spine to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae. It is a precise procedure that your highly skilled chiropractor has learned and perfected over years of training at a Chiropractic College and in clinical practice.

Every health procedure, from taking aspirin to giving blood, involves a level of risk. Chiropractic adjustments are among the safest of all health care interventions because they are non-surgical, drug-free and present an extremely low risk. And they work! Back to FAQ List

What results can I expect from 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 Doctor of Chiropractic should be able to give you an estimate of the extent of relief you should receive from the recommended treatment and how long you can expect it to last. One of the main reasons people choose chiropractic is that they often get quick results. Individual cases vary and chronic conditions obviously need more treatment. However, Workers’ Compensation Board studies show that people with low back pain return to work much faster with chiropractic care. Back to FAQ List

How long do Chiropractors go to school?

Today’s graduating Doctors of Chiropractic have studied and trained in a post-secondary college or university for at least seven years. Just like medical or dental students, they must first complete undergraduate study before applying for admission to a chiropractic college.

Becoming a chiropractor is a demanding and highly rewarding path that includes a minimum of 4,500 hours of intense academic study including classroom learning, clinical science and internship training. During the course of their training, he/she will have studied the following three areas:

  • Basic sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology (the study of diseases), biochemistry, clinical sciences, X-ray interpretation and differential diagnosis.
  • Training in the philosophy and practice of chiropractic.
  • Clinical internship with emphasis on hands-on practice.

Your chiropractor is a primary contact provider just like your family physician, optometrist or dentist. You do not need a referral from your medical doctor to see a chiropractor. Back to FAQ List

How does a chiropractor become licensed and registered to practice?

By law, every province requires chiropractors to earn a license before they can practice. Graduating chiropractors must attain passing scores on national examinations administered by the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board (CCEB) and provincial board exams.

Chiropractic is a self-governing profession, which means that Doctors are bound to a professional code of ethics through national and provincial chiropractic licensing bodies, such as the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors.

This self-regulating and disciplinary process ensures that the public’s health concerns are the chiropractic profession’s highest priority.
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Is neck adjustment a forceful action?

No. This has been demonstrated in studies to determine the degree of physical strain applied during adjustment. It is skill, not strength, that is needed to conduct a safe, effective adjustment. Back to FAQ List

Is neck adjustment safe?

All health treatments have the potential for adverse effects and, on rare occasions, neck adjustment has been associated with stroke and stroke-like symptoms. A Canadian study, published in 2001, concluded that stroke symptoms associated with neck adjustments are so rare that it is difficult to quantify. Similarly, a medical review published in 2002 looked at 73 studies of chiropractic care and found no serious complications reported in any of them. By way of comparison, neck adjustment is significantly safer than other common treatments for headache, neck and back pain. Back to FAQ List