What are the requirements for safe chiropractic adjustments? How does the doctor know what adjustments will help you?

Many people who would benefit from the services of a chiropractor are reluctant to come in because they wonder if the treatments will be effective and even whether they’ll be safe. They might believe that the pain relief their friends have gotten from licensed chiropractors is merely a placebo effect.

If you’ve visited a chiropractor, you know there is no reason to worry. A licensed chiropractor doesn’t just look at your back and start making adjustments. We follow a careful and complete process of diagnosing before beginning treatment. Three tests begin the diagnostic process. They tell us about the architecture of your spine and how it affects your nervous system.


An x-ray helps us see where the source of your pain might be.

Most people have had an x-ray at some point. This quick, non-invasive test allows us to look at your vertebrae and see how they line up. Since the spinal cord, the central pathway of the nervous system, runs through the spine, an x-ray also shows us whether your spine is impeding that conduit in some way.

Functional Movement Tests

Functional movement tests tell the doctor about your flexibility and what joints might be injured. Additionally, it helps the practitioner tell if parts of the body are operating in the manner that they were designed.

These tests tell the doctor if the way your body moves contributes to new and ongoing injuries. The chiropractor will move affected body parts during these non-invasive tests to see if they have mobility in areas designed for mobility and stability in areas designed for stability. He may compare one side of the body to the other or ask you to move a joint on your own to see how well it moves.

Heart Rate Tests

Heart rate variability tests give the doctor insight into the transmission of electrical signals in your body.

This test tells us how well your autonomic nervous system is performing by measuring the spaces between your heartbeats. Though the test is performed with equipment that listens to the heart, chiropractors are more interested in how the nervous system adapts to different stimuli. We can measure this painlessly and non-invasively by recording how the heart reacts.

Dr. Ryan will explain what he is doing and will tell you about the results of the tests. We want you to feel comfortable with the treatment plan he develops and to understand the healing process.

We will keep the results of your x-rays, movement tests and heart rate tests to use as a baseline. As your treatment progresses, Dr. Ryan can do the tests again and compare them to see progress.

Chiropractic medicine uses this diagnostic testing to make sure you get the best treatment for your condition. Here at Whole Health Chiropractic we pride ourselves on treating the whole person, not just the symptoms.

Contact us for an appointment. We look forward to getting to know you and to helping you heal.

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