At our chiropractic office, the examination procedures are geared toward the detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation" complex (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health. There are a couple of things that you should expect at first visit to our office:
Our initial Chiropractic exam consists of spinal and nervous system evaluations including "Palpation." Palpation is checking your spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with symptom causing subluxations. Spinal position, curvatures, posture and muscle tone will also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations. This exam could involve several components including orthopedic and neurological tests.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you at your Report of Findings on your second visit. It is important to note that this exam helps scientifically understand the subluxation processes going on in your spine. It also gives us a baseline for future tests so we can accurately measure your progress to see how your spine is correcting and your nervous system is functioning. Using these examination procedures is much more definitive than just depending on "how you feel" on any given day. Remember, sometimes the worst symptom is no symptom at all!
Spinal X-rays may be taken depending on your age and situation. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on a patient including pregnancy, most children, recent usable spinal x-rays and other various situations. X-rays are a common part of the exam process when looking for vertebral subluxations. X-rays give the chiropractor important information including the position of your bones, the quality of your spine, and safety of adjusting it. They also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have existed. Most patients receive two to four spinal x-rays at the beginning of care.
With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the frequency of your care. Your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit. This visit is your most important and may take up to 45 minutes. It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest results possible.
Our office utilizes the most modern chiropractic analytical, and adjusting procedures and equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health.