Do I Need A Chiropractor

Are you suffering from headaches and illness? Your nervous system controls and regulates every cell of your body. When your nervous system doesn’t work right, you don’t work right. And when you don’t work right, you’re sick! Simple as that.

Nerve compromise can result from postural distortions that are easily revealed with a few simple tests. We’ve simplified four tests so you can conduct them at home with a minimal amount of time, equipment and training. Naturally, they aren’t a substitute for a professional evaluation. However, they will help determine whether chiropractic can help you.

Simply look at each of the pictures, follow the directions, and conduct the tests. If the results indicate that you or a loved one is a good candidate for chiropractic care, contact Family First Chiropractic & Wellness to arrange a thorough examination in our Winnipeg office immediately. Neglected, spinal problems worsen and make correction more difficult and expensive later

Postural Distortion Test

Postural distortions that show up in the head, neck and shoulders are often the first signs of subluxation.

Postural Distortion Example 1 Notice if one shoulder is higher than the other, or if the head tilts to one side. Both could be indications of the types of problems that respond nicely to chiropractic care.

 

Postural Distortion Example 2 A common problem is a forward head carriage. Besides a source of fatigue, this is a common sign of vertebral subluxation and can lead to many problems, including accelerated aging.

We’ve helped many patients whose aches and pains were accompanied by posture abnormalities. Postural deviations such as the ones you’ve just tested for are the signs of underlying spinal problems which often respond to chiropractic care. Find out more by calling our office and scheduling a professional evaluation now.

Contracted Leg Length Test

Many foot, knee and lower back problems that we help every day create the appearance of a short leg.

Leg Test Example 1 Have the test subject wear a pair of hard soled shoes and lie across a bed, face down, with arms relaxed at each side. The head must remain straight down through the entire test.

 

Leg Test Example 2 Apply equal pressure with both thumbs to the arches of each shoe. Are both legs of equal length when the bottoms of the shoes are parallel? If one leg is shorter, make a note of which one is shorter and by how much.

 

Leg Test Example 3 Bend each leg to a 90 degree angle so the bottoms of the shoes are parallel to the floor. Does one leg appear shorter? If one leg is shorter, make a note of which one is shorter and by how much.

A difference of greater than 1/4″ in any of the positions is clinically significant. Uneven leg length is a common sign of spinal problems that often respond to chiropractic care. Find out if Dr. Danella and Dr. Jason can help. Call Family First Chiropractic & wellness to arrange a more thorough examination!

General Spinal Health Test

Many spinal problems produce uneven weight distribution. Here’s a simple test you can conduct at home with two bathroom scales to reveal this common sign of spinal imbalance.

General Test Example 1 With their eyes closed, have the test subject tilt their head up and down, then left and right, settling to a comfortable, neutral position. Record the scale readings for each leg.

 

General Test Example 2 To eliminate the variance between the scales, reverse their positions and repeat the test.

Average the findings of the left leg by adding both left leg readings and dividing by two. Average the findings of the right leg by adding both right leg readings and dividing by two. A difference greater than 5lbs between both legs is significant. Contact Family First to make an appointment with Dr. Danella and Dr. Jason.

Cervical Range of Motion Test

Many headaches, neck problems and shoulder pain result from restricted neck motion—something we help people with every day. Here’s a simple test you conduct at home to see if you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care.

Range of Motion Example 1 With the test subject comfortably seated and their eyes closed, have them lift their head up and down several times, coming to a neutral resting position.

 

Range of Motion Example 2 With their eyes still closed and without moving their shoulders, have them rotate their head fully to the left and hold for a few seconds.

 

Range of Motion Example 3 With their eyes still closed and without moving their shoulders, have them rotate their head fully to the left and hold for a few seconds.

Was the subject able to rotate their head less in one direction? Was motion restricted or was pain associated with turning either direction? Did the subject hear any “popping” or grinding sounds? If so, these are significant findings. Call Drs. Danella and Jason Whittaker at Family First to schedule a more thorough examination.