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How to Measure Results of Your Chiropractic Treatment in Portland, OR

Chiropractic isn't some magical type of treatment that you need faith in to see if it works. You can measure the results you receive from your treatments.

Here's how to do exactly that:

Know where you're starting from. What are all the symptoms you are feeling before you start your chiropractic treatment? For example, if you have a neck ache, some of the symptoms on your list may be:

  • Pain in your neck
  • Tight neck muscles
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Can't sleep at night
  • Tight back muscles
  • Vision changes
  • Can't turn neck to the right

List as many symptoms as you can possibly think of, even ones that seem to be unrelated. Chiropractic treatments affect the entire body and some of your other symptoms may be relieved because the adjustment resets the nervous system connection to the different parts of your body.

Give the symptoms on your list a rating. For example, pain is always rated on a 0 to 10 scale where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst possible excruciating pain.

Your can make a scale of your own from 0 to 10 for every one of your symptoms.

Record all of this in one location, preferably a notepad or composition book dedicated to only these symptoms. Then date your initial assessment and call it, “Initial Assessment”. Don't forget to put a date and time on it.

Next start your chiropractic treatments. Write up another rating sheet for all the symptoms immediately after your chiropractic treatment and before you go to bed that night. Don't forget to date and time stamp it. Also mark on the page of symptom ratings that you received a chiropractic treatment that day, because there may be other days where you don't get a treatment but are still recording symptoms.

Record your symptoms ratings three times a week. Do this for as long as your chiropractic treatments last.

Then look at your progress. What did chiropractic treatments do for you? Most likely, almost all of your symptoms will be gone!

Our office is conveniently located for people who live in the Woodstock, Sellwood, and East Moreland neighborhoods. Give Dr. Helton a call today to begin your whole body wellness!

October 16, 2014

Dr. Helton

Dr. Helton, a Portland chiropractor, has been providing chiropractic health care and treatment for accident injuries for over 30 years. Dr. Helton specializes and is an expert in the evaluation and treatment of injuries from auto accidents. He has passed advanced certification training and testing by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego in the evaluation, treatment, and management of injuries from whiplash and brain traumatology.