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At our chiropractic center our examinations procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation" (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health. There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have a first visit at our clinic.
Our Examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam which includes "Palpation". Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxations problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations. Your examination may also include some specialized equipment designed to better access your spine and nervous system. This examination could involve several components.
The first part of this examination process will involve taking multiple posture pictures of you standing facing forward, facing each side and then from the back to assess your posture. We then evaluate those pictures using state of the art technology to determine exactly how your spine and nervous system is being affected by any postural shifts. We use this as a guide to determine which x-rays need to be taken for a more in depth understanding of what is going on in your spine. From this we can see how subluxation may be affecting your spine and nervous system.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you during your consulation with the Doctor. However, it is important to note that this examination helps us 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 accurate than just depending on "how you feel" on any given day.
Spinal X-rays may be taken depending on your age, and situation. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy and young children, recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various situations. Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations. X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, and the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been present in your spine. Specifically, we will do a motion study of the area of your spine that you are struggling with to determine exactly why you are not feeling and working at your very best.
With this important information, we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs to correct your problem. 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 day or two of your initial visit. This visit is your most important visit and lasts approximately 30 minutes. It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you our best recommendations for correcting your problem and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results, as well as, discuss the costs for your specific care plan. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit.
Our Chiropractic Care utilizes the most modern chiropractic analytical, adjusting procedures and state of the art equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your family. It is therefore imperative that we utilize the most modern and well established, time-proven procedures to help you regain your health. We feel you're worth it!