At Family First Chiropractic, we focus on detecting and correcting subluxation of the spinal vertebrae. We correct subluxation by adjusting misaligned vertebrae back to a healthy position. When subluxation is corrected, it restores the healthy nerve flow between the brain, the spinal cord, and the rest of the body. With restored nerve flow, your body can heal itself.
The first step to finding out if chiropractic can help is determining if misalignments cause your low back pain in your spine. The only way to know if a subluxation is causing your low back pain is to have an evaluation with a chiropractor. During the initial evaluation at Family First Chiropractic, the doctor will sit down with you and listen to your experience to gather your history. The doctor needs to know all the past events and current stressors that could contribute to your low back pain. During the consultation, the doctor will also utilize a set of examinations to determine if subluxation is present in your spine.
There are several criteria that the doctor will evaluate to determine the location of any vertebral subluxations. The first criterion the doctor utilizes to detect subluxation is palpation. The doctor will feel your spine while you are stationary and moving and bending at various angles. This enables the chiropractor to determine the presence of inflammation and swelling along the joints of the spine and evaluate how easy or difficult it is for each segment in your spine to move. The second criterion utilized by the doctor is visualization. The chiropractor is well-trained to recognize subtle nuances in posture and movement, which can indicate problem areas. After completing the initial examinations, if the doctor feels it is necessary, they will take an x-ray of your spine. X-rays enable the doctor to get a complete picture of the structure of your spine. If needed, the doctor can also perform additional testing to determine if your pain is coming from your joints, muscles, or spinal discs. When analyzed together, these examinations will help the doctor detect any subluxations and determine a plan for correction.