The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. You will also be asked about your past medical history, accident history, family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had, and your job type.
Other questions might be asked to help determine the nature of your problems and the best way to go about caring the problem. A gentle physical examination will be performed in accordance with your chiropractors clinical judgment. Following these, clinical assessment may include x-rays 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. Once your chiropractor has identified the problem, care will be outlined and we can begin by way of adjustments. The adjustment is usually given by hand or ‘activator’ instruments, and consists of applying gentle pressure to the areas of the spine that are out of alignment or that do not move properly.
Chiropractors use many sophisticated and varied techniques, and the specific procedure to be used will be determined and explained to you following your assessments. Under normal circumstances, adjustments don’t hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment, which lasts only seconds. Adjustments are extremely safe.