Chiropractic Physical Examination


"The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well." ― Hippocrates

The chiropractic experience

Like other healthcare practitioners, you will likely find the procedures and office ambience familiar, but many notice the distinctive appearance of the chiropractic treatment table. These tables are often quite elaborate to allow specific positioning and movement during spinal adjustments and thus assist the chiropractic treatment.

A first visit to the chiropractor consists of an initial consultation, physical examination, treatment, and follow-up plan.

What happens during the first Consultation?

Patients will complete a health questionnaire and answer questions about their health history. Patients are able to indicate where they are experiencing discomfort by marking the areas on a drawing of the human body.

What happens during the physical exam?

The chiropractor will start with a routine physical examination, followed by all necessary orthopaedic tests and neurological examinations to accurately diagnose the patients complaint.

Most often, a chiropractor will request X-rays of your spine prior to treatment. The purpose of the X-rays is to study the condition of the bony anatomy. It assists the chiropractor to understand the extent of wear, injuries or anomalies in your spine, and other factors that will guide the development of the treatment plan.

What goes into a treatment plan?

Following the above assessments, the chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that takes into account:

  • Restoration of optimal functioning of your body
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Rehabilitation program for long term maintenance
  • Lifestyle and Ergonomic assessments
  • The ultimate goal is to treat the cause of the problem and not the symptoms.