What You Should Expect on Your First Visit
At Sulack Chiropractic our examinations procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the “Vertebral Subluxation”. The chiropractic procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nerve 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 nerve 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 will also include reading the spinal heat differences from one level of the spine to another, as well as from one side of the spine to the other. Heat is a by-product of circulation, which is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. From this we can see how subluxations may be affecting these functions of your nerve system.
Also, the motor nerve system will be evaluated, to determine the affect subluxations may be having on your muscles.
The importance of each of these exams will be explained to you at your visit. 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 nerve system is functioning. Using an objective subluxation examination is much more accurate that just depending on “how you feel” on any given day.
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 two spinal x-rays at the beginning of care.