Dr. Gary Latimer, DC
At our chiropractic center our examinations procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation" (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health. There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have a first visit at our clinic.
The first thing we want to do is two preliminary checks to see IF we think there is even a chance you might have subluxations. If we think you have subluxations, then we will know you have come to the right place in order to get a health screening. First, we will check your posture. Posture can tell us a great deal about the condition of one's spine and if there is the potential for subluxation.
Secondly, we will be palpating your spine. You will be sitting right here, and we will be moving through the spine, checking for areas of fixation or resistive movement, where the joints don't to move as fluidly as they should. If this is present, these areas suggest there may be subluxations present.
If neither of these tests present findings for us, it may be your problem is not due to subluxations. If, either one or both of these are reactive, the likelihood subluxation may be present is very high. It would certainly be wise for us to proceed with a complete chiropractic assessment, as well as orthopedic and neurological tests, ranges of motion and related observations.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you at your Report of Findings. 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 nervous system is functioning. Using these examination procedures is much more accurate than 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, 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 three spinal x-rays at the beginning of care.
With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. Your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit. This visit is your most important visit and may take up to one hour. It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit.
Our Chiropractic Care utilizes the most modern chiropractic, analytical, and adjustive procedures and equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your family. It is therefore imperative that we utilize the most modern, and the well established time-proven procedures to help you. We feel you're worth it!