The first thing Dr. Cuevas will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. Dr. Cuevas will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with Dr. Cuevas’s clinical judgement, which may include x-rays. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to Dr. Cuevas in evaluating your problem.
An “adjustment,” as doctors of chiropractic use the term, means the specific manipulation of vertebrae which have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. Dr. Cuevas has spent years learning motion palpation (the art of examining by movement or touch) and other forms of spinal examining procedures, so that he can administer specific and appropriate spinal adjustments.
Once Dr. Cuevas has identified the problem, he will begin care by way of these adjustments or “manipulations.” Particular attention will be paid to that area of your spine where a spinal dysfunction has been detected. The adjustment is usually given by hand, but an “activator” instrument may also be used. Adjustments consist of applying pressure to the areas of the spine that do not move properly or are not functioning normally within their normal range of motion.
Dr. Cuevas also uses adjunct therapies such as ultrasound, interferential and laser therapy to further decrease your symptoms. These additional therapies are only used if they are clinically indicated.