Did you know that Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to interpret diagnostic blood work?  Diagnostic blood work and saliva testing is a viable and valuable tool for Chiropractors to use when assessing general health and investigating the underlying cause of a variety of conditions.  Our office is able to order lab work for things that include basic and advanced diagnostic blood work and saliva testing.  But why would a chiropractor order lab work?  What does this have to do with the spine?

Our doctors are experts in dealing with the structural components of the body.  When our doctors treat a patient’s worrisome area or chief complaint, there are things that must be ruled out.  Most often, it is caused by an area of the spine that shifts out of alignment (a structural shift).   But there are other factors that can perpetuate a problem, such as underlying inflammation or autoimmune issues. Without knowing what’s within a normal range, the doctor is unable to discern what is the primary cause of an individual’s health concern.  This is where a diagnostic blood work or saliva testing can become very useful.

Our doctors not only assess a person’s range of motion, muscle strength, neurologic function and structural alignment, but can also determine if hormones, nutrients, and minerals are part of the problem.  Some test are as easy as getting a saliva sample and having it sent off for analyzing.

Reasons to have Diagnostic blood work done

Common reasons our doctors would recommend diagnostic lab tests would be: testing for inflammation in the body, autoimmune blood markers for thyroid disease, gluten sensitivity (celiac disease), arthritis, testing for nutrient deficiency, and toxic heavy metals.  If found, these issues must be addressed to fully restore optimal health.

What can be done if results are abnormal

If a problem is found with testing, there are many options to address a problem and bring the lab work back to a normal range. Many times this includes a temporary whole food supplement or herb designed to restore health along with any necessary adjustments to the spine.  The most important thing to remember is that our doctors want to gather as much information about your health concerns in order to find the best solution and not simply cover up your symptoms.   Let our staff or doctors know if you have any questions or if you are interested in a particular diagnostic blood work or saliva test.

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