At Aloha Wellness, our examinations procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the "Vertebral Subluxation", (displacement of the vertebrae) in conjunction with identifying the biomechanical and structural deficiencies. The procedures we use are specifically selected for your body, spine and nervous system health. There are a couple of things that you should expect at your 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, the thermoscan involves reading spinal heat differences from one level of the spine to another, as well as from one side of the spine to the other. Heat is a byproduct of circulation, which is controlled by the autonomic nervous system. From this we can see how subluxation may be affecting these functions of your nervous system.
In the second part of this examination, surface EMG scans may be performed on the surface of your spinal area to evaluate surface electrical impulses and measure them along your spine. This helps measure the effect of subluxation on the motor nerve system and the affect subluxations may be having on your muscles.
The importance of each of these tests will be explained to you at your Report of Findings. However, it is important to note that this examination helps scientifically understand the subluxation processes going on in your spine. It also gives us a baseline for future tests so we can accurately measure your progress to see how your spine is correcting and your nervous system is functioning. Using these examination procedures is much more accurate than just depending on "how you feel" on any given day.
In rare situations, Spinal X-rays may be recommended depending on your age, and situation. There are many reasons why we would not need x-rays on most patients including normal or non-trauma related pain, pregnancy, most children, recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various situations. Aside from these situations, x-rays can be a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations. We like to stay away from the use of X-rays as much as possible in our practice. If x-rays are needed, we will recommend a facility to take x-rays for us and provide a report back to you. See our blog post on "Do I really need X-rays?"
With this information, we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care. Your tests will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings. You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit. This visit is your most important visit and may 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.
At Aloha Wellness, our approach to Whole-Body Vitality utilizes the most modern chiropractic, nutritional, analytical, 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 utilize the most modern, and well-established time-proven procedures to help you. You are worth it!