Chiropractic


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Greg Nesterenko

Dr. Greg Nesterenko

Chiropractic care at Lions’ Gate Wellness is provided by Dr. Greg Nesterenko. Dr. Nesterenko practices hands-on chiropractic treatment, primarily manual spinal manipulation that also incorporates Therapeutic Ultrasound and a variety of Interferential Current techniques, including high and low voltage, Russian Stimulation, and hot and cold packs.

Learn more about Dr. Nesterenko on our Meet the Team page.


Dr. Nesterenko answers your Frequently Asked Questions.

What is chiropractic care and how does it work?
Is my chiropractic care covered?
What conditions are you asked to treat?
How old are your patients?
Do you treat pets?
How can a chiropractor help me?
When should I consult a chiropractor as opposed to a physiotherapist or massage therapist?
How do you make your assessments?
Will it hurt?
Is chiropractic treatment safe?
How long do chiropractic sessions take?
Will I feel better immediately?
Am I going to have to keep seeing a chiropractor forever?


What is chiropractic care and how does it work?

The Association of Chiropractic Colleges defines chiropractic medicine as a non-invasive treatment that focuses on the relationship between the body’s main structures—the skeleton, the muscles and the nerves – and the patient’s health. Advocates believe that your health can be improved and preserved by making adjustments to these structures, particularly to the spinal column.

Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures, although they do refer patients for these services if they are medically indicated. Chiropractic training and certification can take three or more years of post-graduate training. I received my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the National College of Chiropractic at the National University of Health Sciences, in Lombard, Illinois in 1998.

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Is my chiropractic care covered?

While OHIP stopped providing chiropractic coverage in late 2004, chiropractic services are covered in part or full by most extended health care plans.

Check with your employer, and with our office, which may be able to provide assistance with filling out your paperwork.

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What conditions are you asked to treat?

Patients come to see me to address a wide spectrum of injuries and acute as well as chronic conditions. Some of the most common conditions I am asked to treat are;

  • Headaches
  • Muscle strains and other injuries
  • Mid-back and lower back pain
  • Preventative

  • Ligament sprains in hands, elbows, shoulders, knees, ankles
  • Chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoperosis, scoliosis

I sometimes work with atheletes such as professional hockey players to help keep their performance at its peak. They may have no pain, but they can tell something is amiss because they’re not skating as quickly, for example. Often I can find and address something like a locked pelvis, and they’re on their way.

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How old are your patients?

I have treated two-day-old babies up to people in their 90s.

Do you treat pets?

No. There is a chiropractor who treats pets in Sturgeon Falls and one in Huntsville.

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How can a chiropractor help me?

Many of my patients experience pain relief and reduced stress and tension on muscles and joints. They also have greater mobility and better balance.

Some who come to me for preventative or wellness care report subtler benefits such as an improved immune system, fewer injuries or improved athletic performance.

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When should I consult a chiropractor as opposed to a physiotherapist or massage therapist?

I believe that a visit to your chiropractor is your best first step. And here’s why. The most effective way to treat any health issue is to find and address the underlying problem as opposed to treating symptoms.

So if you have an injury whose underlying cause is a mis-aligned joint, for example,

no amount of massage or physio is going to fix that.

If I find that chiropractic care is not the best approach, I have no problem referring patients for physio or massage if that is what is needed to alleviate their condition.

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How do you make your assessments?

I do a thorough examination that includes taking an oral history and a physical exam. Sometimes I ask my patients to wear a gown on their upper body so I can get at their spine, but usually there is no disrobing involved for assessment or treatment.

I can also order X-rays or bloodwork if I feel it’s necessary. Sometimes if I suspect another condition I will refer a patient to their medical doctor or to a specialist.

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Will it hurt?


Chiropractic adjustments are quick, short thrusts designed to relieve pain, not cause it. However, everyone is different, and if there is inflamation from muscular arthritis or strains, there can be a bit of discomfort after your first adjustment, similar to the stiffness you might feel after a new workout routine.


I do a thorough pre-examination in which we discuss your condition and go over your bones and muscles lightly to determine your level of sensitivity. I can usually tell if there’s going to be any discomfort ahead of time and we can discuss ways of minimizing that.

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Is chiropractic treatment safe? I have heard something about strokes.


Chiropractic treatment is one of the safest health care options with the fewest side effects available. During your assessment I check specific things to make sure you’re not at risk of complications such as a stroke. (You have a better chance of being hit by lightning twice in your lifetime than having

a stroke related to chiropractic care, BTW.)

If I suspect you are suffering from any contraindicated underlying condition or are at risk of complications, I will not treat you and will instead refer you to another healthcare practitioner.

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How long do chiropractic sessions take?


Your initial consultation can take up to an hour. Subsequent sessions can take between 25 and 40 minutes.

I use physiotherapy techniques such as heat, cold and therapeutic ultrasound to mobilize soft tissue in preparation for your adjustment.

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Will I feel better immediately?


Everyone is different. A lot of people will experience gradual relief of their symptoms. For some there is instant relief, while others can feel a bit sore for about a day after their first visit, like after the

beginning of a new workout regime.

It depends on your level of sensitivity and the type of condition you’re working on.

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Am I going to have to keep seeing a chiropractor forever?


Absolutely not. It’s unfortunate that chiropractors sometimes get tarred with this brush. I provide a custom-designed plan to address your problem that also takes your priorities into account. You may need only one treatment to correct the issue. Or it can take four or five treatments.

Sometimes once a problem is corrected, my patients come back every four to six weeks for a tune-up, while others will give me a call whenever something flares up. But the bottom line is that you’re in charge. I’m very careful not to impose pressure to keep you coming back indefinitely.

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