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Pain in the area is often related to posture or sleeping with the head rotated. Manipulation of this area along with rehabilitative exercises will help bad posture and pain. 1 of 15 Lumbar
One of the most common places to have pain in the body. The lumbar spine is treated with chiropractic manipulation and rehabilitative exercises. 2 of 15 Thoracic
This area is related to posture. Pain here is often due to slouching or sitting and can be addressed with chiropractic adjustments that help align the vertebrae on top of each other. 3 of 15 Occiput
This part of the neck is where the first two vertebrae in the neck articulate along with the skull. This area is often associated with tension headaches, vertigo, and tension. 4 of 15 TMJ
Jaw pain can be treated by manipulation to help alignment and reduce strain. 5 of 15 Upper Trap
Pain in this area is related to stress or overhead activities. This area is often very tight as a result faulty stability patterns in the middle of the back that are also related to dysfunctional breathing. This is why everyone carries their “stress” in this area. 6 of 15 Shoulder
As one of the most unstable joints in the human body. Pain in this area can be the result of past injuries, posture, or misalignments in the shoulder girdle. 7 of 15 Elbow
Pain in this part of the body is often associated with repetitive use that could be made worse with misalignments of the elbow. If you’ve ever had a fall on an outstretched hand, this will be out of alignment. 8 of 15 Wrist
Pain in this area is often due to repetitive use or trauma. Bones in the wrist can shift and cause significant pain. 9 of 15 Rhomboid
Misalignment of ribs from posture or sleeping on one’s side can cause pain in this area. This often causes trigger points or “knots” in the muscle. 10 of 15 Quadratus Lumborum
The main action of the muscles here is side bending and they also help with extending the low back. Pain here is often from sitting with a rounded low back that can form trigger points or “knots.” 11 of 15 Quadratus Lumborum
The main action of the muscles here is side bending and they also help with extending the low back. Pain here is often from sitting with a rounded low back that can form trigger points or “knots.” 12 of 15 Sacroiliac Joint
This area is where the upper body meets the lower body and is often put out of alignment from sitting or sleeping on one’s side with their knee up. This is one of the most common places in the body to have a misalignment. 13 of 15 Sacroiliac Joint
This area is where the upper body meets the lower body and is often put out of alignment from sitting or sleeping on one’s side with their knee up. This is one of the most common places in the body to have a misalignment. 14 of 15 Hip
Dysfunction in the low back causes over contraction of the muscles on the side of the hip. Dull, achy pain in the is area is likely from the smaller glute muscles as a result of an issue with the sacrum. 15 of 15
The Path To Health
What to expect during your first visit to Valley Chiropractic.
Patient History & Exam
When you first arrive at our office, you’ll first be asked to fill out forms that provide background information about your symptoms and condition. Patients are usually asked to provide information on family medical history, any pre-existing medical conditions or prior injuries, and previous and current health providers and treatments.
Questions You’ll Likley To Be Asked
- When and how did the pain start?
- Where is it located?
- Describe the pain. Is it sharp, dull, searing/burning, or throbbing? Does it come and go, or is it continual?
- Did the pain start as a result of an injury?
- What activities/circumstances makes it better or worse?
The Chiropractic Exam
A thorough chiropractic exam includes general tests such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and reflexes, as well as specific orthopedic and neurological tests to assess:
- Range of motion of the affected part
- Muscle tone
- Muscle strength
- Neurological integrity
Further chiropractic tests may be necessary to assess the affected area, such as having the patient move in a specific manner, posture analysis, or chiropractic manipulation of the affected body part.
Based upon the results of the patient’s history and chiropractic exam, diagnostic studies may be helpful in revealing pathologies and identifying structural abnormalities to more accurately diagnose a condition.
Diagnostic studies are not always necessary during the chiropractic exam, and should only be undertaken if the chiropractor has a good reason to believe that the X-ray or other test will provide information needed to guide the patient’s treatment program.
The most common diagnostic studies during chiropractic exams include:
- X-ray exam
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan
- Other laboratory tests
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