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Chiropractors may use full-spine x-rays, which photograph from the base of the skull to below the pelvis, to get a picture of how the spine is affected by vertebral subluxations (misalignments of vertebrae). When doing so, patients may be surprised to see that they are x-rayed while standing up. This vertical approach enables the chiropractor to realistically examine the effects of both posture and gravity upon the spine. It also recognizes the dynamic nature of body mechanics, which may not be given full consideration from the static view from x-rays of the body in a horizontal position. Moreover, x-rays may be taken of joints in different bending positions in an effort to shed light on limitations on ranges of movement.

P.S. Among a host of other things, x-rays help chiropractors determine if any contraindications to chiropractic care exist.