Spinal checks

One of the first checks I will do after taking a careful note of the history of your case is to check your posture from the side and the back and front views and then, your condition permitting, the mobility of your spine.

In this case I am checking the lumbar spine, but the cervical and thoracic motion is also checked.

The lumbar spine has rotation, forward flexion, extension and lateral flexion.

Once the overall movement has been assessed the individual spinal units, or vertebrae are palpated and motion at each level is examined. Chiropractors have a well-developed sense of touch and can easily tell which vertebral joints are fixed or limited in their mobility.

Often, the patient can also feel tenderness when a joint is challenged but has restricted motion. Gradually, both the joints and the surrounding tissues including muscles and tendons are examined in turn to discover exactly where your spine is not functioning as it should.

Once the chiropractic examination has been concluded and sometimes before this, orthopedic and neurological tests are carried out. Exactly which tests are used depends on the results of questions asked during the initial discussion and the areas which are symptomatic.