Seeing Is Believing
In my office I found people really enjoy the objective tools we use to measure progress as it relates to Structural Correction. I’ve often joked the secondary conditions (symptoms) are by far the easiest to take care of, but the issue often returns over time if the primary issue (the underlying cause) is not taken care of. With that said, patients love when you can show them visually the before and after structural correction of their spine. Below I’d like to share a few visual examples of how we show patients the issue has been corrected.
To the left you will see normal Structural Thermographic Scan and on the right you will see abnormal. This instrument measures the heat patterns along the spine. These temperatures should appear even from top to bottom and left to right. When they are not equal, it will appear as bright red or blue and this is a reliable indicator there is a structural issue.
Below you will find a patient who had severe indicators of structural issues based on the Structural Thermographic Scans. The top row shows her 1st 4 scans and the bottom row shows her last 4 scans as her care proceeded in our office. As you can see in the bottom right picture, she had a near perfect scan on her last visit. This makes it very clear the structural issues are improving. Not only do patients love seeing this with their own eyes, but it’s one of the most valuable tools I use in my office.
What would you be thinking as a patient if you never had the opportunity to see how things were progressing and only went by the secondary conditions? If a patient were to come in for several visits and I was unable to change the Structural Thermographic Scans should I continue to do the same thing over and over, or should I change directions and take a slightly different approach? You see, without this tool, I could never give the same quality of care because I simply wouldn’t have all the information.
Below you’ll find another example where the difference is obvious after Structural Correction Chiropractic Care. The top picture shows a normal Structural Radiograph as it appears when we are looking at a side view of the neck. The curved green line shows the normal curve of the spine and the vertical line gives us an indicator if the head is sitting properly over the top of the shoulders. This line should touch or come extremely close to the front of the spine, as it appears below.
Below that you will see a Structural Radiograph with obvious indicators of a Structural shift in the spine. The spine has shifted backwards and the curve is now in the opposite direction. This causes stress on the muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and nerves in the spine and will lead to degeneration, as the arthritis and disc degeneration shows below. Following a progress x-ray after Structural Corrective care you can see about 50% improvement towards “normal”. Again, I’ve found patients enjoy the fact they can actually see the difference with their own eyes.
At the very bottom you will see the same patient below with a side view and a front to back view of the neck on video x-ray showing progress. The normal motion of the spine is for the head to approximate the shoulders when you look up at the ceiling (looking back as far as possible). In this example, the back of the head is on the upper left and the shoulders are at the bottom left of screen. When a structural shift occurs, “Vertebral Locking” will become evident. This simply means a vertebra is “locked” and loses it’s ability to move properly. This is an extremely important indicator for a Structural Issue when present. Following care you will the see dramatic increase in the motion as the patient looks up at the ceiling.