The Doctors at Southern Family Chiropractic go beyond what many chiropractors consider a spinal assessment by conducting a thorough analysis of your spine using five criteria to detect the presence of the vertebral subluxation complex.
Visualization — Visualization is a way to cross reference all the other findings. Our doctors are experts at looking for subtle changes in your posture and movement which could indicate any problems.
Instrumentation — The instrument of choice is the CLA Insight Scanner. The Insight detects uneven distributions of heat along the spine which can be indicative of inflammation and nerve pressure. This instrument is guided down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down each side of your spine.
Static Palpation — This is the process of palpating (or feeling) your spine in a static (or stationary) position. The doctors will feel for the presence of edema (or swelling), tenderness and any abnormal texture or tightness in the muscles and other tissues of your back.
Motion Palpation — This process involves feeling the spine while moving and bending it at various angles. This enables our doctors to determine how easily or difficult each segment in your spine moves in different directions.
X-Ray Analysis — X-ray films enable our doctors to visualize the entire structure of your spine. This is helpful in evaluating posture, joint and disc integrity, vertebral misalignments and ruling out any pathologies, or recent fractures that may be present or contributing to the patient’s condition. These full-spine radiographs are taken in the standing, weight-bearing position to fully substantiate the examination findings.