Spinal & Postural Screenings
One of the most important parts of a chiropractor’s patient evaluation are spinal and postural screenings, which is when they evaluate the condition of a patient’s spine. They will examine the spinal structure and search for any irregularities or deformities along the spine that can affect your balance or posture. During a screening, they will do a hands-on evaluation or use medical imaging devices to look for any signs of misalignment. Screenings are crucial for detecting problems early on so a chiropractor can develop a targeted treatment plan.
Symptoms of Spinal & Postural Issues
Symptoms that are caused by issues affecting the nerves or muscles have the potential to develop into more serious conditions. A strong and healthy musculoskeletal system is integral for balance, mobility and maintenance of overall health. A minor misalignment or other problem can be enough to result in a significant issue. Patients who experience symptoms that affect their spine or posture often find it difficult to move or do simple tasks throughout the day.
A patient who has spinal or postural issues may experience common symptoms such as:
- Poor flexibility
- Trouble walking
- Pain or pressure in the neck or back
- Restricted movement
- Difficulty sitting or standing
- Numbness or tingling sensation
Having good posture throughout the day is central to the body’s ability to function. Maintaining good posture reduces tension and stress on the spine and back. Habits such as slouching or not having the proper form during stretches or workouts can result in a host of issues. Poor posture can contribute to neck, back and shoulder pain and make existing conditions worse.
What to Know Before Your Visit
Before your screening, you will have a brief free consultation with the chiropractor. They will ask you questions about your patient history, whether you have sought out treatment for your condition before, and the nature of the symptoms you are experiencing.
After the consultation, you can set up an appointment where the chiropractor will conduct the spinal and postural screening. During the screening, one of the key things a chiropractor will evaluate is your posture. They will conduct a spinal analysis to locate any issues driving your pain or discomfort. You may be asked to demonstrate a series of movements, such as raising your arms, bending your limbs, walking or doing basic exercises such as a sit-up. Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your first appointment so that you can properly move during the exam.
We may also need to take X-rays so we can view detailed images of your spine and skeletal system. This is done on site at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic. The X-rays may inform us of issues that are not immediately noticeable. Many people often do not realize they have certain problems such as misalignments until they view their X-ray scans. The chiropractic will provide you a copy of your X-ray images so you can refer to them.
Schedule an Appointment With a Top Chiropractor
There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Spinal and postural screening should be done early to prevent your symptoms or condition from progressing. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by trained and experienced chiropractors such as Dr. Marc Gulitz and his team at Mid-Atlantic Spinal Rehab & Chiropractic can help reveal important health information, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being. Contact us today at (443) 842-5500 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.