Once you have decided to be examined for a spinal misalignment, an extensive evaluation process begins. The process begins by looking at your detailed health history, including any past traumas, road traffic accidents, surgeries, other treatment programmes and other diagnostic tests including other x-rays. Your chief complaints, including location, onset, and duration must all be evaluated and assessed. After concluding this initial process, the chiropractor will begin the steps necessary to determine if you are a candidate for NUCCA care.
Finding the problem
The NUCCA Chiropractor will focus attention on the relationship of the head to the neck. The top bone of the neck, known as the atlas, must be in line with the head, as well as the vertebrae below. Spinal injury or damage can misalign these structures resulting in:
– Postural imbalance
– Pelvic distortion
– Leg length disparity, also known as the “short leg” phenomenon
As you lie on your back, measurement of the leg length equality will be made. Additional evaluation of posture includes shoulder height, hip height and deviation of the head to either side. Range of motion will also be measured. Specific instrumentation may also be used to evaluate body weight distribution, pelvic rotation and normal nerve function.
If a spinal misalignment is indicated by history and examination, a series of specific X-rays are taken. It is important to know that you would only be accepted as a patient if the consultation and examination results indicate that you could benefit from NUCCA care. The X-rays are only taken if you are a candidate for them.
Each adjustment is determined from X-ray measurement. Patients lie on their right or left side on the
adjusting table. By gently contacting the side of your neck, the NUCCA chiropractor will direct your head and neck back toward a balanced, healthy position. The adjustment itself is very gentle; patients report feeling a tiny bit of pressure and a vibration sensation. No popping, twisting or cracking of the neck is involved.
Because each adjustment experience and healing response is unique to the individual, you will be
monitored closely for any changes that you might experience which are linked to the healing process. We have stressed the importance of receiving the best possible correction during the first visit. What we know is “the better the correction, the better the chance of recovery”.