Spinal and Postural Screenings

As the name of the screening suggests, a spinal and postural screening is a series of tests and examinations that determine the quality of a patient’s spinal alignment and posture.

Screenings can be initiated with a number of chiropractic tools and machinery, including x-rays, visual assessments, and physical examinations. During one of these screenings, the chiropractor may ask about any areas of the body that experience pain or discomfort as a result of the examination. This way, he or she can keep an eye out for different issues that may be responsible for the pain.

What to Expect from Spinal and Postural Screenings

A patient is expected to temporarily stand as straight and motionless as possible during a spinal and posture assessment, then follow the chiropractor’s movement instructions to demonstrate their alignment, balance, range of motion, and flexibility.

Following the screening, the chiropractor will explain the patient’s results and treatment options, which may include chiropractic care, special exercises, or lifestyle changes. Usually, another screening is conducted several months after treatment has started to gauge progress.

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Why Do I need a Spinal and Postural Screening?

There are numerous reasons to see a chiropractor for a postural evaluation. As an individual grows from childhood into adulthood, a sedentary life may take hold. Because we often spend far too much time slumped over screens and seated at desks during the day, our posture and spinal alignment are put at significant risk.

A side by side comparison of a woman with poor posture before treatment and a woman with good posture after treatment

The Significance of Spinal Screenings

Just because an individual does not have scoliosis doesn’t mean his or her spine is in good shape. Because the upper body is supported by the muscles along the spine, the weight and pressure can cause significant muscle strain and discomfort over time.

Misalignment in the spine can cause a variety of aches, pains, weakness, and numbness in the body. Postural screenings at North Charleston, SC chiropractic clinics provide relief from this type of ailment.

A graphic showing the difference between poor and good posture
For some individuals, pain may not be present, which leads them to believe that there is nothing wrong with their spine or posture. However, a wide variety of issues may be affecting the spine, even if the patient is not aware of the issue or the correlation between spinal misalignment and other health issues (like headaches and numbness in the extremities).
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Postural screenings can shed light on what may be wrong, and from there, a unique treatment plan can help restore alignment and allow patients to live more pain-free lives.

If you’d like to learn more about postural screenings, we welcome you to call our office today at 843-225-2550 to schedule an appointment.