What to expect when you see a Chiropractor?
A typical initial chiropractic consultation will include a thorough case history and detailed examination to determine the need and appropriateness of chiropractic care. You will be advised if further tests are required, or if referral to another health care provider would be best in your case.
Chiropractic examinations are usually carried out through light clothing or you will be appropriately gowned. Chiropractic examination may include observation (eg. posture, range of motion and gait), palpation (feeling of joint movement, muscle and soft tissue tensions), standard orthopaedic and neurological tests, along with any further tests or imaging which may be indicated (eg. x-rays, thermography, sEMG, MRI).
Dr Marcus McAllister is licensed by the Office of Radiation to take x-rays to help locate underlying conditions to treat you with the best knowledge. X-rays help your Chiropractic get a full evaluation of the patient and can also help rule out more serious conditions or assist us in developing the most effective treatment plan for you. Most people are surprised once they see their x-rays and can often immediately identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
The major purpose of the examination is to analyse the condition of your spine and nervous system and how it is functioning, locate any areas of subluxation, and rule out any contra-indications. If your condition is not suitable for chiropractic care you will be advised accordingly and referred to the appropriate health care provider.
If chiropractic care is suitable for your case, your chiropractor will detail a course of care tailored to your needs. This will usually involve a series of adjustments, each building on the ones before (see the adjustment section for more detail).
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