Now that you have an update on what’s going on with everyone in our office, we thought we would discuss what goes on in the treatment rooms when you’re lying down on the tables. Some patients ask us what we are looking at or for and how we can see what needs to be adjusted. Some patients ask us about the adjusting shoes that get put on their feet and others just stay quiet and don’t ask much. We love when you ask questions! This helps you understand your body and what we are doing and how an adjustment helps your body heal and stay as healthy as possible!
Let’s dive in… First thing that happens, as you know, is you get onto the adjusting table. Carleigh or Carolyn will help you get on the table by slowly lowering the table with you leaning against it. This is the best kind of adjusting table as it allows you to get on the table without any strain to your body. Your spine remains in a neutral position and you will find you can get on and off the table without any pain. You can tell Carleigh and Carolyn how you are feeling and have a nice rest on the table which helps your body relax before the doctor comes in for your adjustment. Having a relaxed body will help you accept the adjustment and allow the body to hold the adjustment the best it can.
Next, we may put “adjusting shoes” on your feet, if you’re not wearing tight fitting shoes with a heel box or back strap. In the nice weather you do not have to remove your own shoes and most are just perfect to keep on while getting adjusted, unless they are flip flops. A good solid heel and base helps us check your leg lengths and compare left to right. If your legs appear to be different lengths this tells us something is out of alignment in your body.
We always start checking your body from the bottom up… Feet first, then your pelvis, and up your spine from the lumbar area (low back) through the thoracic spine (mid back) up to the cervicals (neck) and the base of your head. We check in this order for a very specific reason… Your pelvis is the foundation of your spine, just like the foundation of a house, if it is twisted/tilted or out of alignment at all there is potential for the rest of the spine and body to get out of whack. This is why when you come in with a headache or neck pain we will still start checking and adjusting at your pelvis and low back. Don’t worry! We will always get up to the area of concern and make sure we have checked and cleared everything before you get up off the table.
Once we have checked the full spine we will move to the ribs, shoulders, arms, hips, knees and feet as needed. Some patients are not aware we can help with hips/knees/feet and shoulders/elbows/hands. The activator is the perfect tool for the small bones of your arms and legs and our doctors are experts in adjusting with the Activator.
We hope this helps explain what we do in the treatment rooms with you! Like we said before we LOVE questions and hope to be able to explain as much as possible to you.