State of the Art Diagnostic Technology – The Subluxation Station
At Better Life Chiropractic we offer the latest in state-of-the-art computerized diagnostic technology and information. Our totally non-invasive “Insight Millennium” scientifically evaluates the 90% of your nervous system that you can’t feel–the autonomic and motor nerves.
The Insight Millennium is capable of 3 different tests including:
- Computerized Range-of-Motion testing
- Surface Electromyography (SEMG)
These tests scientifically evaluate how your nervous system is functioning. And remember these tests are totally safe and non-invasive, they simply take a reading from the surface of your skin! Our technology allows you to know and see if you currently have any nerve dysfunction (interference) causing you problems and symptoms, its severity, and how spinal decay effects delicate nerves that run your body.
Thermography is used to measure the body’s surface temperature on either side of the spine simultaneously using infrared sensors attached to a hand held rolling instrument. The resulting data is plotted graphically on a computer screen set up in front of the patient and recorded for future analysis and comparison with subsequent scans. Temperature imbalances at a given level may indicate vertebral subluxations and could highlight stress to organs caused by interference with the nerve supply through the spine at that point.
Surface Electromyography (SEMG)
SEMG measures electrical activity in muscles on each side of the spine through sensors placed by the Chiropractor at each vertebral level in turn. A voice generated by the Insight Millennium prompts the Chiropractor to move to the next vertebrae once a measurement has been successfully taken. The Insight Millennium displays variations in the intensity of this electrical activity, indicating to the Chiropractor and the patient the likely position of subluxations, and through the neuro-link connection, the effects these can have on various organs within the body. Although similar to the rolling thermography in its objective of identifying vertebral subluxations, the two functions have different degrees of effectiveness for different body types and are complimentary to each other in practice.
Common Questions and Answers about the Subluxation Station
Do the Subluxation Station tests hurt?
Absolutely not. The tests do not utilize any needles, electrical shock, or heat whatsoever. They are recording feedback from your body by measuring skin temperatures and muscle activity.
Why does the chiropractor administer these tests?
Our purpose for administering these tests is to detect and pinpoint abnormal function in the spine which cannot be seen on X-ray. Abnormal spinal function causes abnormal Nervous System disturbance. The three standard tests will measure:
- SEMG – the amount of electrical current in the muscles
- Thermography- skin temperature along the spine
- Inclinometry – range of movement of the spine.
Why is it important to monitor the results?
Your chiropractor wants the best results for patients like yourself. He/she can easily monitor your changes through periodic progress exams. It has been proven that a very slight amount of pressure (the weight of a dime!)* can disturb the communication of the Nervous System whether or not symptoms are present. How can the chiropractor measure the results after removing pressure? The advanced technology of the Subluxation Station. This is vitally necessary to monitor how the spine is working. It is key to improving your health and well-being.
How will this test benefit me?
For years, a major concern of the public has been, “Why is it often recommended I come back when I’m pain-free?” or “How do I know if I’m getting the proper amount of adjustments?” Now you are able to actually see the changes, and it will be easier to understand the amount and type of care you are receiving. Because of this technology, your chiropractor can provide a “tailor made” program to meet your specific health needs.
* Sharpless, SK: Susceptibility of Spinal Roots to Con~pressior~ Block. NINCDS Monograph 15, DHEW publicario~ (NIH) 76-998, 1975, pagcs 155-lGI.
Temperature Differences (Thermal Scan)
If your body temperature is 98.6 degrees, then the left and right sides of your spine should also be the same temperature. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and the blood vessels under the skin work as the body’s thermostat. (They expand to release heat and contract to retain heat controlling the body’s temperature.) When the communication between the Nervous System and the blood vessels is disturbed, it causes the body’s thermostat to malfunction producing an imbalanced temperature reading along the spine. These blood vessels are controlled by the same part of the Central Nervous System that runs your organs and glands, known as the autonomic system. This thermal scan provides us with information to monitor the autonomic system for proper function.
Your muscles are controlled by nerves. The SEMG measures how well the motor nerves are working by reading the amount of current found in the muscles. Subluxations (misalignments) disturb the function of the nerve causing an abnormal amount of electrical current flowing to your muscles (indicated by colors and/or abnormal patterns).Muscle Balance is extremely important because the vertebrae in the spine depend on the muscles to move properly. If one or more vertebrae are out of their normal position, it disturbs nerve function. This disturbance creates muscle imbalance caused by an abnormal amount of electrical current in the muscles on either side of the spine. As a result of this disturbance, the muscles can become weaker or stronger, tighter, or fatigued. The abnormal muscle pattern on the scan reveals an increased amount of tension/pull on one side compared to the other (similar to a Tug-of-War).