YOUR VISIT TO THE
When you visit the chiropractor for the
first time, he will interview you and make notes of the problems you
are experiencing with your musculoskeletal system. Based on your
replies, the chiropractor will then examine you further to see
precisely what the problem is and how it can be treated.
This is your opportunity to tell the
doctor where you have pain and when the pain started, what you were
doing before the pain started and what makes the pain worse or
better, as well as about any injuries, illnesses or previous
treatments. If you have any X-rays and diagnostic reports, they
be very helpful with the chiropractic diagnosis and treatment
and the doctor will
discuss your X-ray findings with you. If X-rays are considered
your case, then the doctor will send you to a nearby X-ray center
with a written request for the necessary views. This can
often be completed the same day.
Once the doctor has made a
preliminary diagnosis, then he can begin to discover where the cause of
the problem is and decide on a course of treatment to
alleviate the cause of your symptoms.
The doctor will examine the areas of your neck and spine related to
your signs and symptoms for evidence of dysfunction ,
such as tautness and tenderness, muscle spasm, nerve impingement, and
restricted or abnormal vertebral
movement and alignment. Vertebrae that are restricted or fixated in
malpositions may cause nerve
impedes the regulation of their
return to proper position and function. This complex is called
'vertebral subluxation' in chiropractic terminology and is an important
focus of chiropractic examination and treatment.
The doctor will only begin treatment
once he is confident that he has analyzed your problem correctly and
that chiropractic treatment will be appropriate for
your condition. Chiropractic does not utilize drugs or surgery.
Treatment typically involves chiropractic adjustments of manipulation
order to help relieve pain, relax
muscle spasm, restore function and assist the healing process.
do this, the doctor
will use his hands to apply specific
chiropractic adjustic forces to help the malpositioned articulations
your symptoms return to their proper
positions and function . It is generally not painful, although
you may experience some post-treatment tenderness as everything gets
used to being back in the correct place.
Sometimes, on occasions where it is
better for the patient, the doctor will use less forceful techniques
to make a chiropractic
adjustment such as an activator adjusting instrument. This
adjustment procedure allows the doctor to apply
a percussion pressure to a vertebra to make a gentle adjustment.
Also, reflex points related to applied kinesiology and myofascial
point therapy can be helpful in restoring harmony to the
muskuloskeletal system. Advice concerning posture and therapeutic
exercise may also be given.
Please call for an appointment to come
and see me if you are
experiencing any spinal pain or possibly related muskuloskeletal pain
may well be able
to help you. If examination or treatment other than
chiropractic is considered necessary, I will advise you where you
be able to obtain suitable consultation.