Your Initial Assessment
After Each Visit
First a thorough Case History and Examination are performed.
The examination will include testing appropriate for your particular condition.
This will generally include a Dermathermagraph and Spinal Motion tests. These test will usually consist of a computerized spinal motion test, regular range of motions, and motion X-ray.
It is absolutely essential for us to locate where spinal subluxations exist. In order for us to accurately and visually assess all areas of your spine we start with the use of a specialized x-ray called videofluoroscopy. This technology allows us to videotape your spine while you perform specific movements.
You will be able to actually see where the vertebrae are not moving properly. This machine uses less x-ray radiation than a standard x-ray, and thus, allows us to periodically reassess your spinal biomechanical function and modify the treatment plan accordingly.
From here it is determined if traditional, static X-rays are necessary. They reveal more information that is not able to be visualized on the motion X-Ray, reveal pathologies, show a history of your spinal health, and make your chiropractic adjustments more precise. Today’s high-tech equipment and ultra-sensitive films minimize exposure to radiation.
What you can expect from your adjustment is a feeling of peace and relaxation that can last from a day to a week. Patients often comment that they experience a better night’s sleep and increased energy.
Most patients report that their symptoms start to go away after the first adjustment, while a few don’t feel any immediate difference. If you don’t feel a change, don’t be discouraged. Often you are not aware of internal improvements.
A few patients may feel discomfort after their first adjustment. This is a good thing. It demonstrates that changes have been made which has caused the muscles to be sore since they are not used to being held in the new position. Spinal nerves that have been impinged and stressed are suddenly coming back to life.
At Each Visit
Help Us Help You
Before and after each examination you will receive two specialized exams. The first is a thermographic analysis of your spine. A sensitive machine called the Derma-thermagraph (DTG) measures your radiated spinal temperature and prints a graph. This graph should be a relatively straight line indicating that there is less than one degree F. temperature difference along your entire spine.
Secondly, we will use another device, called the Pulse Star, to assess the physiological function of each vertebra, measuring it’s internal resistance to force. A computer displays a graphic picture that shows where your subluxations exist. This device also administers many of your adjustments.
Adjustments are delivered manually utilizing a specialized table. This table has drop sections that move when the adjustments are delivered. This allows for precise adjustments without any twisting or cracking type of manipulation.
The popping sound that can sometimes be heard is a release of joint gas and is not an indication that a joint was adjusted.
After the manual adjustments are delivered the Pulstar machine is utilized to further adjust and mobilize the vertebrae. This device that tested you earlier is now put into the adjustment mode. It delivers a controllable force via a small handheld impactor that automatically stops delivering the thrusts when it senses that the vertebrae’s internal resistance has been changed. These adjustments are delivered at alternating speeds (1/2000 sec.,) matching your vertebrae’s specific frequency. This is impossible with human hands. Most patients find this treatment to be much less traumatic than “conventional chiropractic.”
The instruments used at each visit are an important part of your care. This instrument tells the doctor much about your condition and progress. Please follow these rules:
1. Please do not come to the office with wet hair.
2. Do not work out prior to your visit. Perspiration will alter readings.
3. Women are encouraged to wear loose-fitting shirts or blouses, that can be pulled up easily, to take your spinal reading. Bras should fasten in the back.
4. Nerve and pain depressants can alter diagnostic tests. Drugs such as aspirin, Tylenol, Codeine, Darvon, Valium, etc. should not be taken 4 to 8 hours prior to your office visit if at all possible.
Time To Heal
Dr. O’Connor will tell you how long it might take before you achieve maximum correction. The answer will be based on three considerations. First, are the objective results of diagnostic testing and your physical examination. Second, the doctor will assess the experience with other patients who had similar nerve interference patterns. Third, she will consider those characteristics that are unique to you. Including your age, how long you’ve had your nerve interference, your general health history, genetic factors, emotional stress and diet. Work with the doctor and be very honest about how you feel about your care. Ask questions!