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 subluxation problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations. Your examination may also include a posture picture where we evaluate you from front to back, as well as looking to one side. Your posture is a window to to your spine so it can give us an idea of what your spinal alignment may be like on the inside.
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, infants, 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 two to 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. 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 visit and may take up to thirty 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 possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours. The Report of Findings is typically on Mondays at 5:30 every week.Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you at your first visit.
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 well established time-proven procedures to help you. In keeping up with technology to cover your health needs, we have upgraded to a digital x-ray system which provides many benefits to our patients. Among those benefits is faster image processing for your convenience. Digital x-rays also produce a better image quality by allowing more shades of gray than traditional x-ray methods. Lastly, x-ray exposure can be reduced up to 70% with digital x-ray methods versus traditional x-ray methods according to the Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene. We feel you're worth it!
Source: Canadian Academy of Dental Hygiene. Online available at http://www.canadianacademyofdentalhygiene.ca/blog/digital-vs-conventional-radiography-dental-office.html