What Should You Expect On Your First Visit With Us?
At Southern Family Chiropractic, our examination procedures are geared toward detection and correction of vertebral subluxations. A vertebral subluxation occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) are pulled out of alignment due to changes in posture, muscle tension, or trauma. These subluxations can then exert pressure on the nerves that feed out of the spinal cord, causing inflammation and nerve dysfunction. The procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health.
STEP 1: The Specific Scientific Neurological Assessment
A comprehensive chiropractic evaluation and Neurological Diagnostic Testing will be performed using our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.. This test evaluates temperature readings along each side of the spine. Measuring subtle changes in temperature control allows the doctor an inside view of how body systems are responding to stress. From this we can see how subluxation may be affecting the functions of your nervous system.
Secondly, another test will be performed on the surface of your spinal area to evaluate surface electrical impulses and measure them along your spine. This helps measure the effects of subluxation on the motor nerve system and the affect subluxations may be having on your muscles.
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. 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.
STEP 2: The Physical Exam
You may be asked to :
- Bend forward, sideways or backwards- Misaligned spinal vertebrae can be revealed during certain ranges of motion.
- Perform specific orthopedic tests to determine the exact components involved in your health problems.
- Grip Test- Your grip strength is vital for showing signs of muscular or nerve damage.
- Gait Analysis- Evaluating your gait helps to determine if you have a normal waking pattern. Abnormalities in balance and the alignment within your pelvis and spine can be seen during this assessment.
- Postural Evaluation- Postural abnormalities will reveal whether or not you have misalignments within your spinal column.
These exercises will provide vital information regarding your motor skills, balance, and gait, leading the doctor to a better understanding of your current state of health. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and overall integrity of your nervous system.
Next, a short physical assessment will be performed utilizing both motion and static palpation to explore the alignment of your spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain or discomfort.
We will advise you if any additional assessments are needed including on-site Chiropractic Postural X-Rays.
STEP 3: Spinal 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. 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 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 with you after 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 the well established time-proven procedures to help you. We feel you're worth it!