At Bissland Chiropractic, our examinations procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation" (click on this link for more information on subluxations). The procedures we use are therefore specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health. There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have a first visit at our clinic.
Our Examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam which includes "Palpation". Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxations problems. Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations. Your examination may also include some specialized equipment designed to better access your spine and nervous system. This examination could involve several components.
The first part of this examination process may include a contour analysis to determine muscular imbalance, structural distortion, and biomechanical imbalance. This is a 3-D photograph taken of your back through a special filter to help us determine where the potential problems may be.
The nerve graph is a temperature reading of each spinal level to determine where a nerve interference and/or nerve irritation may exist.
Posture analysis shows us how your body lines up comparing right side vs. left side.
PneuMap evaluation is another posture analysis that determines how your spinal curves compare to normal, and if you have an abnormal forward or backward lean. This is a valuable test in determining biomechanical distortion.
bilateral weight differential tells us how much weight you are carrying on each foot. We strive to cary the same weight on each foot, and therefore, this information in valuable to the doctor in assessing your specific condition.
Short upper arm evaluation tells us if you have an abnormally short upper arm. This can affect spinal integrity and biomechanical alignment.
We also scan your feet with a 3-D scanner to determine how you are carrying your weight on each foot. This scanner makes a 3-D image of your entire foot, and helps the doctor determine how your foot imbalance may be affecting your overall biomechanical alingment and distortion.
Spinal rehabilitation evaluation helps us isolate muscular weakness and imbalance that we can use to put together a treatment program to help keep your muscles in balance, and improves spinal and muscular integrity.
Neuro-Muscular Re-Education evaluation is a group of tests that evaluate the nerve muscle junction to test for core muscle weaknesses. We have specific treatment protocols in our clinic to help correct these imbalances.
Spinal X-rays may be taken depending on your age, and situation. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients including pregnancy, most children, recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various situations. Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations, as well as help us evaluate the postural distortions, and spinal weaknesses that may be present. X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, and the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it. X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been involved in your spine. Commonly, most patients receive three spinal x-rays at the beginning of care.
With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well, any adjunctive therapies, spinal rehabilitation and neuro-muscular re-education, as well as the frequency of your care. Your examinations and x-rays will be explained to you in detail at your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a day or two of your initial visit. This visit is your most important visit and can take up to one hour. It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results. We have set aside specific times for these visits so as not to interfere with regular patient care hours. Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit. We encourage you to bring a spouse, parent, or significant other with you for your report of findings.
We utilize the most modern chiropractic analytical, and adjustive procedures and equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your family. It is therefore imperative that we work together with you to gain the best possible results that are possible for you! We feel you're worth it!
Cost need not be a problem for any patient. We offer a variety of financial plans that are easy, and make care affordable for just about anyone. Don't let the fear of cost stop you from getting the care you need.
I look forward to seeing you in the office soon.
Dr. James S. Bissland, DC
Clinic Director, Bissland Chiropractic