- We will review your current complaint and issues related to your injury (e.g. when and how it started), your past relevant health history, medications, recreation/leisure activities, aggravating movements/positions, and easing factors.
- Your alignment and posture are important to assess initially. Slight shifts throughout the body due to years of compensation and adaptation can create symptoms such as discomfort, pain or restriction. I will look at your whole body alignment; how the vertebrae of the cervical (neck), thoracic (midback), and lumbar (lower back) region are sitting relative to one another. As well, I can assess the alignment of the upper extremity (i.e. shoulder, elbow, and hand) and the lower extremity (i.e. pelvis, hip, knees and feet) and their relative position to each other.
- I will carry out a thorough biomechanic assessment. That is, I will look at your range of motion, strength, and flexibility. I can also test ligaments (e.g. if you sprain or have torn a ligament), nerves (e.g. tingling, numbness, radiating pain), and joints (e.g. stability).
- For a Maharishi Ayurvedic consultation and acupuncture, I will take your pulse and have you complete a few forms.