You may be looking for a chiropractor because you are in pain. While chiropractic is natural, drug-free alternative to pain relief, you need to understand that our focus as chiropractors is the function of your central nervous system. There are three primary branches of the CNS. One of them, the sensory nervous system, is what brings many of our patients to our office. Pain messages are carried by the sensory nervous system. The sensory nervous system only makes up a small part of the nervous system, though 8-12%, based on research. The more important branches of the central nervous system are the autonomic and motor nervous systems, which control your organs, glands and muscles.
At Van Every Family Chiropractic Center we have an outcome-assessment computer in our office called the Insight ‘Subluxation Station’. This computer measures the autonomic and motor nervous systems.The thermal scanner has two infrared eyes, and measures the difference in temperature on each side of your spine. Your skin temperature is controlled by the autonomic system. The autonomic system regulates the various functions of your body that you don’t have to think about- heart rate, breathing, organ function, skin temperature, and much more. Would you agree that this is an important part of your central nervous system?
Based on published scientific research done at Johns Hopkins University, if your skin temperature is asymmetrical, in other words, if one side is higher than the other, that is an indication that your autonomic nervous system is not be working correctly. A subluxation can cause this dysfunction.
We will also perform a non-invasive, painless test called a surface electromygraph. These scanners measure small amounts of electrical activity. It is a scientific fact that the cells in your muscles generate small amounts of electricity. The more your muscles contract, the more electrical activity they generate. These scanners measure in micro-volts, or one millionth of a volt. We are able to accurately measure the amount of muscle spasm by measuring the amount of electricity generated by your muscles. We can then compare your muscle activity to normal muscle activity. The sEMG gives us two reports- asymmetry, or comparing one side of your paraspinal muscles to the other side, and amplitude, which tells us if your paraspinal muscles are too tight [hypertonicity] or not tight enough [hypotonicity].
We will take electrical readings of the muscles in your back that are designed to hold your spine in place. Research has been done to measure what a normal muscle scan should look like, and the computer will compare your scan with the normal scan. This will help us determine graphically how your motor nervous system is working.
Based on these and other tests, Dr. Saylor can make recommendations for an initial course of care. In the near future, we will re-scan you with the Insight computer to see how you have progressed. We will then be able to determine a future course of care, if any, is needed, to return you to optimum health.