One of the first things any good chiropractor will do – before making a single adjustment to a patient – is a whole-body examination. In fact, for a chiropractor using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), the entirety of a first session may be dedicated to the examination. Patients will often be asked to sit, stand, lay down, and walk, all the while being observed by the chiropractor.
Whole-body examinations are unquestionably important for chiropractors seeking to impart real relief on their patients. They lend insight into both the major and minor physiological mechanics of a person’s body and can absolutely determine the course and intensity of treatment required to address spinal concerns.
At Ideal Spine Health Center, whole-body examinations are something our Boise, ID patients become familiar with. Our chiropractors take the time to examine patients before their first session and throughout a CBP adjustment schedule. We continue to gauge total body posture and mechanics for as long as we see our patients!
Paying close attention to posture
Posture is the most practical observation a chiropractor can make. Noticing a slight lean to one side when a patient sits or overcompensation in their step when they walk is a great way to narrow the scope of spinal issues at hand. So much more than yielding insight into problems, however, postural observation also opens the discussion up to possible solutions for relief.
Many patients don’t realize their poor posture until it’s pointed out. Having them go through the motions as a critical first step of consultation creates an opportunity for chiropractors to get their patients on the same page. A chiropractor can show a patient their exact postural problem, explain its detriment to the body, speak to potential solutions, and help plot out the path to relief – all without a single adjustment.
Combining assessment with history
CBP also looks at a patient’s medical history. With that information is available, chiropractors can infer even more from a total body assessment.
For example, patient history may reveal a positive rheumatoid test, while a whole-body examination shows tentativeness in knee joints. This complementary information can dictate a chiropractor’s choice to focus on low-impact stability and range of motion exercises. Without the historical rheumatoid factor diagnosis, tentativeness in the joints may be freely interpreted.
Beyond posture observation, whole-body analysis is also a great way to gauge a patient’s natural tendencies and how they affect the spine. A chiropractor may drop a pen on the floor and ask a patient to pick it up or reach a book on the top shelf, all the while thoroughly examining a patient’s body language as they complete these tasks. It can yield tremendous insight into the physiology of an individual.
Examination is never understated
Examination is one of the core tools in any chiropractor’s repertoire. Being able to observe problems, gauge improvements, and pinpoint inconsistencies plays a vital role in determining treatment. It’s why the experts at Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, ID are always observing, all the time.
To schedule your free consultation or to see how whole-body examinations fit into our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment plans, contact us today.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.