Chiropractor Hamilton FAQ'S

Frequently Asked Questions

At Full Life Family Chiropractic, Dr. Gigliotti will not adjust you without first having done his full investigation. This includes a one on one consultation, a full neurologic exam, and up to 11 precise X-ray images to understand the biomechanics of your spinal issue. The Upper Cervical correction is very precise and scientific depends on these X-ray images, and is completely tailored to you and your anatomy. This process takes up to 3 visits to complete, however, you can rest assured that you or your loved one is receiving the highest quality of care possible.

There are times where we recommend time in between adjustments, however, there are certain instances where Dr. Joseph will want to see you the following day. All of this depends on your specific care plan, and what it requires for you to get well. Dr. Joseph will never adjust something that doesn’t need to be adjusted. Adjustments are given only when necessary, so you will not be over-adjusted. The care plan you will receive is specifically designed and tailored to you and your recovery.

Absolutely! We are a family practice and believe very strongly that families that get checked and adjusted together become happier and healthier. A special bond is formed in the families that come to our clinic together. Just as your dentist will encourage you to have your children’s teeth checked for cavities, and cleaned on a regular basis, likewise, we believe that all children should be checked on a regular basis for neurologic stress from vertebral subluxations. This ensures that the next generation develops into excellent health with a strong neurologic system and a supported immune system. This belief translates into our pricing for care, as we have made it more affordable for families to receive care.

It is for this reason that we do a full neurologic exam on day one, and follow it up with 11 specific and precise X-ray images. We need to determine if we can help you and if you’re a good candidate for Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. Most people believe that if they have low back pain, it’s a low back problem, or if they don’t have neck pain it’s not a neck problem. We oftentimes find that the root cause of the person’s poor health is from misaligned vertebrae (C1 and C2) in the upper neck. These misalignments put mechanical tension and irritation on the brainstem and spinal cord, which lead to a neurologic electrical storm and poor health outcomes. If you are dealing with issues that you think maybe unrelated to the upper neck, it is our job to investigate and give you answers, as well as a road back to recovery and excellent health. Many times, people seek out upper cervical care after trying many other medical and natural treatments, which failed to offer a lasting solution.

At Full Life Family Chiropractic, Dr. Joseph focuses on one thing and continually trains to do this at the highest level. That one thing is the chiropractic adjustment for the purpose of restoring neurologic function and brain-body communication, so that you may live life to the fullest. While other things have their merit, Upper Cervical Chiropractic is the only style of chiropractic care that can consistently and precisely remove brainstem pressure. When you come in for your adjustment, you can rest assured that your nerve system is better connected and functioning at its highest potential and that you are healing. Patients at the clinic find confidence in the clarity, consistency, and precision of care that they receive. Dr. Joseph will recommend and refer out other therapies when he feels it’s necessary for your recovery, which may include Naturopathic health, Homeopathic care, facial stretch therapy etc.

The difference is that although Dr. Joseph will check and adjust the full spine, the emphasis of care is on the upper neck and brainstem health. Each visit, the doctor will assess the brainstem and each segment in your neck through a series of nerve scans, and neurologic muscle tests. These tests each visit effectively tell the doctor which areas of your neck need to be adjusted, if at all. The best way to understand the difference is to personally experience the analysis of the upper cervical work, as well as the upper cervical adjustment, which does not involve any twisting, cracking, or popping of your neck. The difference is in the level of precision and detail in the adjustment.

The upper cervical adjustment is incredibly safe and gentle. We go to the extra mile to ensure that our adjustments are safe. The doctor will never twist, crack or pop your neck. In fact, your spine will never be wrenched. The upper cervical adjustment is done while lying on your side, laying on a specialized table with a gentle drop mechanism in the headpiece of the table. The force required to restore alignment in the upper neck is minimal and less than you would expect. The top bone in our spine (C1) is 2 ounces, so it does not require a forceful adjustment. The doctor will use his hand to adjust, or sometimes an instrument- whatever is required to restore the biomechanics of your spine and neurologic function.