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Your Computerised Spinal Health Assessments :As part of your assessment, we perform a Computerised Spinal Health Assessment, to assess the health of the spine and surrounding musculature, spinal range of motion and posture. The following information is designed to help you understand this health assessment technology utilised in our practice:
WHAT IS SURFACE EMG?
Surface Electromyography (EMG) reads the amount of nerve activity controlling the muscles along the spine. The more electricity a muscle receives from its’ supplying nerve, the harder it pulls (contracts). EMG detects areas of increased or decreased activity (“tone”), and shows how balanced this spinal muscle activity is. The white bars on the diagram show areas of the spine where the muscle tone falls within the normal range. The coloured bars indicate areas of abnormal muscle activity: Green is mildly tense, blue is moderately tense and red is severely tense. Yellow is under-active. The symmetry chart points out regions where the muscles are pulling unevenly, left to right, or right to left. The direction of the spike indicates the direction of the uneven pull. The size of the spike indicating the severity of asymmetry: Green is mild, blue is moderate and red is severe.
WHAT IS THERMOGRAPHY?
The thermal scan reads the skin temperature along both sides of the spine. Thermography records areas where there is a significant difference between left and right. Hot or cold regions can indicate where Autonomic Nerves are being irritated. No bar or white bars at a spinal level indicates no or minimal irritation. Green indicates mild, blue moderate, and red severe levels of autonomic irritation.
WHAT IS INCLINOMETRY?
Inclinometry measures the flexibility of the three regions of your spine. The table shows your actual degrees of each spinal movement, the American Medical Association recommended ranges, and to what percentage (if any) you are restricted. The graphs illustrate this same information: Red bars are your measurements compared to the White AMA “norms”.
WHAT IS DIGITAL POSTURAL ASSESSMENT?
The PosturePro System analyses anatomical landmarks from a digital photograph and then estimates the most likely spinal postural distortion pattern. The figures and arrows on the front-shot show how far that part of your body is out of alignment with the other side. The figures and horizontal lines on the side-shot indicate how far from the perfect posture you deviate. The skeleton graphic is the computer’s assessment of how your spine most likely looks inside. Also shown are the amount of extra stresses on the muscles of your neck as a % figure, and the centre of gravity point between your feet.
WHAT IS A SUBLUXATION?
This assessment detects the “fingerprints” of Subluxation. A Subluxation can involve misalignment and/or stiffening of the spinal joints. This in turn can irritate the nerves which exit from that part of the spine. The Insight Millennium Subluxation Spinal Scans and PosturePro Postural Assessment System measure four possible results of this damage:
1) Increased or decreased spinal muscle activity (tone), and imbalance.
2) Increased or decreased autonomic nerve activity: Autonomic nerves control the functions of the organs, glands and blood vessels.
3) Restricted flexibility.
4) Postural distortion patterns.
DOES THIS SHOW WHERE MY PAIN IS COMING FROM?
The source of your particular problem may be isolated by these assessments. Please understand that the source of your pain will not always necessarily be where you are feeling it! In some other cases these assessments will tell us what isn’t causing your problem, helping to narrow down the cause by a “process of elimination”.
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE THESE DONE?
We routinely perform these assessments before you consult with the Chiropractor. This will help to better determine where your problems are coming from and help the Chiropractor to be more specific and objective in your treatment. After starting care, we may repeat the procedure to assess your progress and make sure we are on the right track.
DO I NEED MORE TESTS?
These assessments do not replace X-Rays, or any other form of diagnostic test for that matter. If the Chiropractor suspects the need for further tests, they will discuss these with you. If you have concerns about any other symptoms or problems that you think may not be related to the results of your assessment, then please discuss these with your Chiropractor.
FOOTLEVELERS ORTHOTICS: Are Your Feet Wrecking Your Back?
Do you suffer from any of the following?
Sore, aching and/or tired feet; Foot flare (“duck feet”); Flat feet; Uneven and quickly wearing shoes; Painful arches, Ankle and/or achilles tendon pain; Painful heels or spurs; Bunions or corns; Shin soreness or splints; Leg cramps; Knee pain; “knock knees” or “bow legs”; Persistent hip, groin or low back pain; Sway Back and/or Bad posture; Only temporary relief from back treatment; Back pain which increases when standing or walking; Or, One leg that appears longer than the other?
DID YOU KNOW? These could be caused by incorrect alignment of your feet? Even if your feet don’t hurt, they may be a major factor contributing to your health problems. Spinal-pelvic misalignment could be the culprit, and this plus pain in various parts of your body may be traced directly to your feet! And if you have obvious pain or functional problems in your feet as well, then you are definitely a candidate for some corrective measures.
Ocean Grove Chiropractic uses a computerised weight bearing foot alignment analysis system designed by “FootLevelers” in the USA. Also available is a range of flexible orthotics known as “Spinal Pelvic Stabilisers”. These advanced shoe inserts are custom-built based on sixteen measurements to support the three arches of each foot and may well be part of the solution to your health problems. Footlevelers’ orthotics combine advanced correction of the mechanics of the entire foot and ankle with the latest in shock absorbing materials, and have the added benefit of being flexible so that they support your foot while still allowing natural bending movements. And with a great variety of comfort and shock absorption levels, you may well benefit from slipping a pair into their shoes.