When a patient comes into my office, it is imperative that we start with the proper assessment. This includes a detailed history and exam. The exam will consist of observation, postural analysis (how we present in standing and sitting), gait analysis (how we walk), neurological and orthopedic tests as indicated (reflexes, ranges of motions, movement to rule in and out the cause of the complaint), and a detailed spinal assessment. If further diagnostic testing such as X-Ray or MRI is indicated, you will be referred out for these tests.
The assessment brings awareness of how I can help you on your path to healing. By identifying the postures you live your life in and finding your preferred patterns of movement, we will see what is contributing to your symptoms and injuries. With this information, an appropriate individualized treatment plan can be established.
Alignment is achieved with chiropractic adjustments. The chiropractic adjustment aims to restore normal joint movement. This process involves looking for areas that aren’t moving appropriately by palpating the spine and other involved joints. I will use my hands, or sometimes a small tool called an activator, to apply pressure in different ways to get the spinal joints moving better. This adjustment helps restore the biomechanics of the joint and improve the body’s overall functioning.
Together we will work on helping you achieve your health goals, whether that is getting out of pain, having a better pregnancy and birth experience, or improved immune system and quality of life. Throughout your care, I will be assessing how your body is responding to treatment and making recommendations for home and lifestyle changes to help improve your health. My goal is for you to have the best chiropractic experience possible.