As a chiropractor, I rely on my hands to help people heal. I do, however, also use state of the art technology to help me analyze my patients condition. This system is called the Insight Spinal Neural Scanning Technology. I perform these scans on patients of every age, from newborns, to toddlers, adolescents and adults. I also use it with my pregnant patients to make sure their backs stay healthy while growing a baby! In my office, we use 3 components: sEMG, Thermography, and HRV. I am going to spend the new few blog posts explaining, in detail, what these scans are and why we do them.
Today’s post will be on sEMG or surface electromyography.
Simply put, sEMG measures muscles tone. Your spine has specific muscles designed to move and stabilize your spine. If there is even a small spinal injury, these muscles move into hyperdrive to either protect the spine from further injury or help move vertebra back to where they need to be. When I perform the sEMG scan over muscles with increased tone compared to healthy tone, I get a colorful readout like the one below.
The different colors represent different levels of stress: white is no stress, green is mild, blue is moderate, and red is severe. The ideal scan follows a smooth, pear shaped pattern from the neck to the low back; anything else represents an injury (felt or not) to the spine. The sEMG scan is also interpreted like the picture below.
This shows the the flow of electricity and power throughout the spine. Picture at the top of the spine a bucket of water, and the black line is a hose to carry the water from the bucket, then back up to it on the other side. Like water through a hose, power through the nervous system needs a smooth, easy route to work at full potential. Jagged points and longer lines means the nervous system is not working up to its potential. It’s like a race car that can go 200 mph only going 125 mph because it isn’t receiving enough fuel fast enough.
The reason why I do this test is to scientifically and objectively assess the nervous system. While I am concerned with pain, the truth is, pain comes and goes. I would much rather adjust the problem than chase pain around, and that is what this scan shows me. The sEMG scan allows me to adjust the root cause, rather than the symptom. Finally, it also allows me to objectively track my patients improvement as they progresss throughout care. So in conclusion, the sEMG scan play an important role in my office, and allows me to more effectively help my patients heal.