While an adjustment doesn’t take very long, the process before and after is very intricate.
The second someone walks into my office, I’m observing them. My mind is racing, and I’m pulling their history, injuries and ailments to the forefront. A lot of evaluation happens as you move into the adjustment space and onto the table. I register your general state. Are you happy, sad, stressed, calm, relaxed or anxious? I watch your posture and how you walk. I look for asymmetries. I note the details you provide about activities over the past few days.
When you lie on the table, I feel for a few key differences. Is there tension in your muscles and along the spine? Are there movement problems or tenderness? Are there temperature differences? I compare all of these things to your X-Ray results and your subluxations (misalignments). Yes, I remember!
The next part is your adjustment using my hands, instrument or a combination of the two. I apply many years of schooling and incorporate my twenty years of experience. It is all unique to you.
After your adjustment, I look the the things I mentioned above again. I want to see your improved postural symmetry and balance, as well as the tone around those subluxations in the spinal joints.
When you hear me say, “that was a GREAT adjustment,” these are all the things I’m referring to.
I hope this helps,
Dr. Greg Payne, D.C.