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Want to know what these tests mean?

There are a number of specific tests we use to assess, and re-assess you for subluxation.  Just like a mechanic wouldn’t start by guessing what’s wrong with your car when you bring it in for a repair, we don’t guess about where you are subluxated.  We don’t often explain the purpose of these tests in detail so it’s worth a couple minutes to describe what they tell us.

Nerve Scan – called surface EMG (electromyography), tells us changes in muscle activity from subluxation, tells us how well your nerve system is responding to short term stresses (last week or two), results affected significantly by chemicals like caffeine, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories

Weight Scale Balance – 3 components of nerve system required to balance equally – visual, vestibular (inner ear) and proprioception (body position sensing nerves), with your eyes closed it removes the visual component – measures nerve balance, subluxation (especially upper neck) affects ability to respond to gravity properly, can also tell us about a short leg or pelvic subluxation

Motion Testing – tells us the overall movement of your spine and most importantly, HOW you are moving, indicates where there is asymmetry and loss of joint function, tells us in general the areas where there is subluxation

Palpation – this is when Dr. Neil uses his hands to assess the bones, joints and soft tissues in and around your spine, tells us the position of your spine, how well (or not) each joint is moving, any areas of scar tissue from trauma or repetitive posture/sleeping position/work movements, inflammation

Posture – tells us in general terms, how well your nerve system is responding to gravity, how it’s compensating for subluxation patterns, also tells us about the overall structure/position of your head, spine and pelvis

Temperature check – this is a comparison test from one side of the your body to the other, we use it most often with children but sometimes with adults too, it’s a very important tool with children since we can’t perform a nerve scan and usually can’t take x-rays until they’re about 3 years old (ability to stand still for the x-ray), if there is a temperature difference from one side to the other it tells us there is a difference in blood flow and/or inflammation which means there is subluxation

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