At our chiropractic center our examination procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation." 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 subluxated. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations. Your examination will also determine spinal mobility and may include neurological and orthopedic examination processes depending on your current health status.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you as they are being performed so that you can understand why the doctor is doing what he is doing. These exams help 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.
Depending on results from the initial examination processes, some patients may be referred for further imaging of the spine in the form of spinal X-rays or MRI at a local imaging center.
With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. This whole process is your most important visit and may take up to one hour. It is at the end of your initial visit that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours.