How do I know if I need to be adjusted?

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This photo by unknown author is licensed under CCBY.

Easy. Get checked!

Chiropractors are specifically trained to identify and correct subluxations.  Not sure what subluxation is? No problem let’s discuss the chiropractic adjustment pathway.

New patients are evaluated on their first visit.  This exam consists of orthopedic and neurologic testing, followed by a postural analysis.  The doctor then checks for subluxation in the spine using either instrumentation or motion palpation. 

Doctors check for the signs of subluxation: heat surrounding the area, swelling, tenderness, tight muscles and loss of range of motion.  After checking for the signs and symptoms of subluxation, the doctor will use motion palpation to find out which joints are not moving properly.  The spine is made up of 33 bones and those bones connect via joints. Each joint has a proper motion and sometimes the joints ‘get stuck’. 

Most of the time, your joints will fix themselves. The body is a self-healing organism, that means that it is designed to repair itself when injury occurs.  That’s why your body will fix itself after a cut or how we can heal broken bones once they’re set.

Chiropractors identify joints that are out of alignment and have failed to fix themselves.  Sometimes there are instances in life where our bodies cannot overcome the traumas and toxins that they have endured.  A perfect example of this is a car accident.  The force of the accident is not natural, and the body will struggle to fix the damage that occurred to the joints and ligaments.

For this reason, it is a good idea to see a chiropractor regularly to have your spine checked.A slang way to say that is “get checked”. So, everyone should be checked regularly in today’s day world.We are subjected to sitting for long periods of time, car accidents, repetitive use injuries and much more.

Dr. Michael Watins