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In the past, the only way a doctor could see inside of you was to open your body through surgical procedures. In 1895, the same year that D.D. Palmer discovered chiropractic; Wilhelm Roentgen changes all of that by inventing the x-ray tube. Later, Dr. B.J. Palmer, D.D. Palmer’s son, developed the most sophisticated x-ray laboratory in the country.

X-rays electromagnetic radiation, like radio and television waves, is made up of certain forms of radiation waves that have electrical and magnetic properties. X-rays can pass through many solid objects, such as the human body, but cannot pass through lead and a few other solid objects. When the x-rays-s strike photographic film they create a black image when the film is developed. This photo-image is known as an x-ray picture. 

When an x-ray is taken, x-rays shoot out of a tube, pass through your body and hit the photographic film. In solid body parts, the x-rays are blocked and show up as white on the film.  Where the rays penetrate fully the film is black. Where there is partial passage, the film will show gray.

Why Do Chiropractor Use X-Rays?

Chiropractors use x-rays for several reasons:   

  • To analyze the spine of alignment and posture.
  • To detect curvatures caused by scoliosis, kyphosis or lordosis.
  • To detect spinal degeneration.
  • To detect osteoarthritis.
  • To detect broken, fused, oddly shaped or malformed bones.
  • To detect congenital malformations.
  • To detect osteoporosis.
  • To guide the doctor in an effective spinal adjustment.

Because vertebral subluxations are detected through tissue, muscle, nerves and discs an x-ray cannot detect it. However, there are several other tests that can. The MRI and CAT Scan both require the patient remain motionless in a cylinder.

The MRI uses magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to create a high quality image of internal organs, soft tissue, muscle and other parts that are not viewable on an x-ray. It is superior in its detection of disc degenerating.

CAT Scan sends x-ray beams from many angles to take pictures of the body. It is able to pick up the body parts not on an x-ray, as it uses a higher radiation exposure and may require injection of contract dye.

Our chiropractic office educates our patients in lifestyle changes that compliment their spinal care. Chiropractic spinal adjustments strengthen areas of the spine and restore impaired nerve flow. Subluxations occur when vertebra misalign irritating delicate spinal nerves. Spinal adjustments remove the nerve pressure and restore function to the body. Chiropractic spinal adjustments by our chiropractors help you live your life to its fullest through a properly functioning nervous system. When your nervous system is functioning properly you express life to your fullest. Chiropractic spinal adjustments enable you to express your God given health potential and to live your life to fullest capabilities. Neck pain, back pain, sciatica, reduced immunity, ear infections, decreased energy, stomach disorders, asthma, allergies, sinus problems, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder problems, sports injuries, spinal disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, numbness, pain, are just some of the signs of improper function in the body and conditions that benefit from Chiropractic spinal adjustments. Don't delay and wait for a spinal problem to develop before you seek out Chiropractic care. Get a Chiropractic spinal adjustment and deal with the cause of your problems rather than masking it with medications which often deal just with the symptoms. Whether you are feel great and want to ensure a healthy and fully functional future or if you are in pain and seek the safe and effective proven results of Chiropractic spinal adjustments, you owe it to yourself to have a spinal check up and to start down the healthy road of lifetime Chiropractic care.