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 office.
All our new practice members are required to fill out our New Members forms as completely and honestly as possible. This helps our office staff and doctors better help you.
After reading and sign all forms we provide our new members with a one on one consultation. It will be conducted to identtify your health issues, goals and identify where your spine is sick, diseased and out of aligment. During the consultation we uncover layers of past traumas and damage to determine the cause of your health issues.
A Specific Chiropractic Assessment:
A complete and comprehensive chiropractic evaluation and Neurologic Testing will be performed to further determine th cause of your health problems. During these examinations include:
All these exercises will provide very important information regarding your motor skills, balance, gait, posture and will lead the doctor to a better understanding of your health status. These test also provide information about your muscle tone and your overall integrity of your nervous system.
Next, our Examination consists of a Palpation Exam. 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 like postural assessment and some orthopedic tests as needed.
In the second part of this examination may be performed on the surface of your spinal area to evaluate surface electrical impulses and measure them along your spine. It is called Surface Electromyogram (SEmg). This helps measure the effect of subluxation on the motor nerve system and the affect subluxations may be having on your muscles. This test is very similar to an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) for the heart. The same way an ECG will measure the electrical activity going into the heart, this test SEmg, will measure the electrical activity of your nerves as they come out of the spine into different areas of your body. Therefore, it represents how healthy those messages are being delivered from your spine into the body.
The doctor will advise you if additional test are needed including any specific x-rays.
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, most 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 involved in your spine. Commonly, most patients receive three 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 ongoing frequency of your care. The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you at your Report of Findings. However, it is important to note that this examination helps scientifically understand the subluxation processes going on in your spine.
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 visit and may take up to one hour.
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 possible results. 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.
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Our Chiropractic Care utilizes the most modern chiropractic analytical, and adjustive procedures and 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 the well established time-proven procedures to help you.
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