Chiropractic Exam

What is a Chiropractic Exam?

In many regards, a chiropractic examination is very similar to standard examination procedures administered by all health care providers. With that said, how chiropractors examine the structure and function of the spine and then determine specific chiropractic treatments separates chiropractic care from other disciplines. After the initial consultation, follow-up chiropractic appointments tend to be much shorter—perhaps 10 to 20 minutes.

Do I Need a Chiropractic Exam?

What is a chiropractic examination anyway? Aren’t you just going to crack my back?” That’s not an all too uncommon thought process by some new patients, ready to try to skip the examination in order to jump right ahead to the adjusting. In our office, we just won’t do that. Why? While most patients are perfectly fine to adjust, it’s the small percentage of people that aren’t a good fit for chiropractic care that make us be thorough in deciding who and what parts of the spine we can adjust.

Spine Time Chiropractic Exam

Our new patient examination includes palpation (feeling the spine with our hands) where we are looking for areas of the spine that are stuck or out of alignment (or both). You’ll typically just feel the pressure of our hands touching your spine, but you may feel a tender spot over an area of inflammation. Those tender spots are usually areas of the spine that are not functioning correctly.

We will also check your spine’s ranges of motion. We’ll see how far your neck and back move forward, back, turn, and tilt from side to side. While this is a “range,” we’re really looking for imbalances. An imbalance is where you can turn your head 90 degrees to the right, but only 50 degrees to the left — something isn’t working right.

We’ll also perform orthopedic and neurological tests – which are designed to check the function of the joints and the nerves. Each test has a different positive result and will give further information as to what’s wrong with you and what might be needed to help you get the pain relief and results you want.

The most important part of an examination is just to have one. It’s not fair to you, nor is it the safe thing to just lay down on the adjusting table and have us start adjusting you without learning more about your spine and how it moves. A chiropractic examination is a necessary first step in helping you get the right care for your problem.

Spine Time Services

Pain is caused by inflammation. We treat the cause and the symptoms of the underlying condition.

Active Physical Therapy

Tailored exercises and stretches to regain strength and improve mobility for long-term health benefits.

Chiropractic Adjustment

Manipulation of the spine improves joint mobility, and alleviates pain, improves health.

Chiropractic Exam

Assessment to pinpoint issues and create a personalized treatment plan for spinal health.

Electrical Stimulation

A therapy using electrical currents to stimulate muscle contractions and promote healing.

Ultrasound Therapy

Using sound waves to promote tissue healing, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain.

Decompression Therapy

Gently stretching the spine to alleviate pressure on the spinal discs and promote healing.

Intersegmental Traction

During this therapy, we use a rolling table to gently stretch the spine and improve joint mobility.

Therapeutic Exercises

Activities designed to improve strength, flexibility, mobility, and prevent future injuries.

Massage Therapy

Kneading and pressing soft tissues alleviates pain, reduces stress, and promotes relaxation.

X-Ray

Diagnostic imaging to accurately identify spinal misalignments and guide precise treatment interventions.

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