|The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the
health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned.
The DC will also ask about your family history, dietary
habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic,
osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions
designed to help determine the nature of your illness and
the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance
with your DC's clinical judgement, which include x-rays,
laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In
addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be
performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may
be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements
are important components of your total health profile, and
vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.
An "adjustment," as doctors of chiropractic use the term,
means the specific manipulation of vertebrae which have
abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.
Doctors of chiropractic spend years learning motion
palpation (the art of examining by movement or touch) and
other forms of spinal examining procedures, so that they
can administer specific and appropriate spinal adjustments.
Once the DC has identified the problem, he/she will begin
care by way of these adjustments or "manipulations."
Particular attention will be paid to that area of your spine
where a spinal derangement or "subluxation" has been
detected. The adjustment is usually given by hand and
consists of applying pressure to the areas of the spine that
are out of alignment or that do not move properly within
their normal range of motion.
Doctors of chiropractic use many sophisticated and varied
techniques, and the specific procedure to be used will be
determined and explained completely to you following a
careful evaluation of your x rays and physical findings.
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The
patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during
the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Adjustments or
manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is
estimated to be in excess of 1 million to 1!