Do You Know What Your Spine Looks Like?

Why do some chiropractors take an X-ray?

When necessary, our office uses X-rays to determine the best way to adjust you. X-rays can be extremely valuable in detecting any abnormalities that would otherwise be impossible to identify.

Full spine X-ray analysis allows for a holistic approach when looking at the structure of the spine. Many times, problems in the foundation of the body can force it to compensate in other areas. By using a full spine x-ray, a chiropractor can distinguish problem areas from compensations

We also do motion studies in our chiropractic office. Motion studies are also helpful in determining the exact areas of spinal dysfunction. To do a motion study, we take multiple views of the same area in different positions.

Do I have to get an X-ray?

We determine the need for X-rays on an individual, case by case basis, but most of the time we use X-rays in our practice.


Doctors of chiropractic are responsible for determining the safety and appropriateness of chiropractic care. This responsibility includes the detection and characterization of vertebral subluxations, congenital and developmental anomalies, which may affect the selection of chiropractic techniques, and conditions that may contraindicate certain chiropractic adjusting methods. Furthermore, radiography may disclose conditions requiring referral to another type of health care provider.

Christopher Kent, DC, JD
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research - August 31, 2017 - Pages 142-146

Simply put, an X-ray will allow your chiropractor to determine the most appropriate type of care based on your specific needs.

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Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy of optimal health and wellness. It was said by BJ Palmer that “Medicine is the study of disease and what causes a man to die. Chiropractic is the study of health and what causes a man to live.”

 Chiropractic recognizes that the human body has the innate ability to heal itself. In order for the body to recognize challenges and to properly self heal, the brain and nervous system must be able to properly perceive what is going on in the body. When areas of the spine become misaligned and stuck, the brain is unable to properly sense what is going on and therefore can not send the proper messages back out to the body. This breakdown in communication interferes with the bodies natural self healing capabilities and is perceived as stress that activates our sympathetic (fight or flight) response of our nervous system. Constant activation of this system puts our bodies in a state of protection and survival instead of the normal default of growth, development, and healing.

Chiropractors identify the areas of the spine that are misaligned and stuck that are causing interference in the bodies ability to self heal and function properly . Once these areas are identified, they can be gently corrected through specific chiropractic adjustments. Once these areas of the spine are corrected the body is no longer in a state of survival and protection and it is able to put its resources into normal growth, healing and development.