Although no two people are the same, each patient’s initial visit will include some basic steps: consultation, examination and needed x-rays followed by a thorough and unhurried explanation and discussion of all test results, health goals, and care plan options. Dr. Lawlor will then provide necessary adjustments. An initial visit takes about one hour.
Your consultation, health history and concerns will not be rushed. The consultation is comprehensive and addresses concerns of all bodily functions as we see your body not as parts but as a dynamic and holistic system. We don’t just focus on the diagnosis; we focus on you and your health.
Range of Motion studies are included in the examination process. These studies are done to determine the state of vertebral discs, supporting ligaments and muscle conditions. While chiropractors can often be confused as just analyzing bones, this application of chiropractic addresses loss of joint integrity between vertebra which can interfere with the delicate nerve fibers. Decreased range of motion is a common finding for those who are subluxated. Differences in height between the ears, shoulders and hips, as well as posture and walking stride, are used to confirm x-ray and other diagnostic findings.
Since you can have interference in the nervous system and not feel pain, we use methods outside of patient feedback to analyze the nervous system. The Delta-T and Titron are instruments that detect even the slightest temperature changes along the spine. These temperature changes and graph patterns are indicative of subluxations and are checked on every patient, every visit. These instruments simply feel like two fingers running gently down your back.
The art of chiropractic utilizes touch in determining subtle changing in the spine such as alignment and tissue changes.
Both static and motion palpation are utilized in Gonstead chiropractic to precisely pinpoint problematic areas of the spine. Static palpation is the “hands on” part of the examination. This will indicate changes in contour, tone, texture and temperature of the patient’s spine. Motion palpation is used to determine fixations (or “stuck joints”) and their lack of motion.
If necessary, full-spine x-rays are taken in our office for your convenience. Careful analysis of these x-rays allows the doctor to be as specific as possible and to tailor each adjustment for the individual patient. These x-rays are unique in that they include a full-spinal contour representation for posture analysis while the patient is standing (weight bearing). The line analysis, as seen on these x-rays in done on every patients’ films and allows the doctor to be as specific as possible in addressing the entire spines bio-mechanics, not only the area of chief complaint. The uniqueness of this x-ray analysis is tailored to spinal corrections through adjustments and goes beyond the traditional medical application of x-rays (fractures, tumors, etc.)
Just as a thumbprint is unique to each and every person, so is his or her spine.
The Gonstead technique is a gentle and comprehensive system of analyzing and adjusting the spine by hand. The goal of a Gonstead adjustment is to be as specific, precise and accurate as possible, addressing only the problem areas (areas of subluxation).
“An adjustment is specific or it is nothing.” -B.J. Palmer
In addition to correcting misalignments of the spine, we also adjust misalignments of extremities — everything from shoulders, elbows, wrists to knees and ankles, making chiropractic very popular among athletes.
“I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds, both mentally and physically.” -Michael Jordan
Children can be checked for subluxations as soon as they are born, allowing them to grow to their full potential. Corrections to the spine and human frame are made more quickly and easily the sooner one begins chiropractic care. It is important for everyone in the family to have his or her spine checked for subluxation. Corrections to the spine and human frame are made more quickly and easily the sooner one begins chiropractic care. Think about how easy it is to correct the angle of a tree trunk when its first been planted vs. years later; the same is true with the spine.
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.