Why the Chiropractor Should Spinograph in Every Case

Percy A. Remier, D.C.
Professor of Spinography and X-Ray Practice
Palmer School of Chiropractic, 1938-1966


The list below was published in Remier's book, Modern X-Ray Practice and Chiropractic Spinography (1938, 1947, 1957), which was used as a textbook at the Palmer School of Chiropractic for more than 25 years. Spinographs are 14"x 36" x-ray pictures that show the full spine viewed from the front. Full-spine x-rays provide very little useful diagostic information and expose patients to large amounts of radiation. Only a small percentage of chiropractors still use them.                                 —Stephen Barrett, M.D.


  1. It is a great aid in obtaining Chiropractic results.
  2. It promotes confidence.
  3. The analysis could not be complete or correct without the spinograph.
  4. It eliminates guesswork.
  5. It creates interest among patients.
  6. It reveals facts, Chiropractically.
  7. It procures business.
  8. It completes a record of every case.
  9. It reveals facts necessary in legal action.
  10. It attracts a better class of patients.
  11. It adds prestige in your community.
  12. It is the proper way to explain Chiropractic.
  13. It enables one to talk more intelligently about his case.
  14. It is the key to Chiropractic success and health.
  15. It reveals the vertebral misalignment.
  16. It determines the correct point of contact and proper line of drive for the adjustment.
  17. It reveals pathology.
  18. It is the only means of knowing whether the vertebra can be adjusted.
  19. It enables one to get quicker results.
  20. Its use means more permanent results.
  21. It should prevent you from adjusting wrong vertebra.
  22. It will often eliminate malpractice suits.
  23. It will reveal conditions that symptoms cannot.
  24. It is often the deciding factor whether or not you accept the case.
  25. It builds a reliable reputation.
  26. It is a part of the doctor's records.
  27. It is an investment and not an expense.
  28. It is a scientific procedure.
  29. It is absolutely necessary, particularly in atlas-axis specific adjusting.
  30. It determines directions in the subluxation that are impossible to palpate or determine otherwise.
  31. It proves Chiropractic service is not complete without it.
  32. It means the difference between Chiropractic success or failure.
  33. It helps to eliminate the so-called starvation period that many practitioners go thru.
  34. It provides a quicker way to build a Chiropractic practice.
  35. It is being demanded today.
  36. It eliminates unnecessary time in your office routine.
  37. Its income makes it possible to arrange a better service.
  38. It provides a safer and less expensive service.
  39. It enables one to care for more patients daily.
  40. It provides good interest on your investment.
  41. It discloses the other fellow's mistakes.
  42. It reveals trauma, anomalies and malformation which the chiropractor must have knowledge of before attending his case.
  43. It stimulates the practitioner to greater activity because it eliminates any fear in giving the adjustic thrust.
  44. It proves when palpation is in error.
  45. It helps to build unity in the Chiropractic profession.
  46. It establishes scientific facts in research and experimentation.
  47. It is the means of refusing a case when otherwise an adjustment might have done great bodily harm to the patient.
  48. It is the only means of knowing how to adjust a parĀ­ticular patient.
  49. It provides a method of taking comparative spinographs in Chiropractic service.
  50. It proves Chiropractic.

This page was posted on August 13, 2011.

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