Once your case history is complete, your chiropractor will examine you in order to obtain more information about your problem. The examination will primarily include neurological and orthopaedic tests which focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system (nerves, muscles and joints), but it may also be necessary to check things such as your blood pressure, heart, lungs and abdomen to rule out other conditions or ailments. Evaluation of structure and function is just one of the procedures that makes chiropractic different from other healthcare professions. Your spine is a series of moveable joints that begin at the base of the skull and end at the pelvis. Pairs of spinal nerves exit the spinal column through a series of openings, which then go on to form a complicated network that influences every living tissue in your body. This thorough check up is normal procedure in a chiropractor’s clinic. If the practitioner feels it is warranted, they may need to send you for an x-ray, MRI scan or blood tests. This is to further evaluate the condition on the bones and joints.