A chess match is a game of strategy. Developing a successful workflow in a chiropractic office can be much like a chess match. At the center of all procedures and programs is the ability of the doctor and team to meet the needs of the patient and continuously demonstrate the benefits of the care that are being recommended and delivered.
Behind the symptoms and damaging changes in a patient’s health is their inability to adapt to the full spectrum of daily stress. In today’s healthcare environment, the use of technology that quickly and accurately identifies that stress is an invaluable asset.
Digital neural scanning is a precise and reproducible way of understanding how the stresses of daily life or incidents of acute stress are being managed by the body. The three divisions of the central nervous system are constantly evaluating the environment and instantly responding to the challenges. It is designed to respond in the most powerful yet efficient manner. This is the dance that biology is engaged in perpetually. A delicate balance between the vegetive, regulatory functions and the instantaneous interpretation and reactions to stress is always in play.
Stress is not to be viewed as always being detrimental. Stress is a challenge to the body, and it’s how we are designed to grow both emotionally and physically. Stress is the gift and the curse that triggers adaptability. An example of good stress is exercise. Our body systems need to be challenged to work harder so that they maintain an active and alert edge. Stress is damaging when it exceeds the physiologic and emotional boundaries. Good stress, or eustress, can be distinguished from distress by measuring the performance of the different divisions of the central neural processor.
The spinal- neural- dural array which links the brain’s processing function with the end organs, is responsible for maintaining and distributing uninterrupted nerve signals. The sensory portion “reads” the environment and sends afferent signals along the spinal corridor. It also coordinates the pain response as a mechanism of bringing danger and change to a next level of consciousness. The motor division reacts to position and motion challenges while maintaining the gravitational loads. It constantly fires to maintain an efficient balance and is, therefore, an enormous energy consumption source for the body. The divisions of the autonomic nervous system are dedicated to regulating the trillions of actions and reactions that are required to optimize organ and blood vessel functions. This incredibly intelligent system relies on clarity in communication along the spinal-neural corridor.
When finely calibrated sensors are applied over the main trunk of the spinal-neural processor, an image of neural efficiency can be created. Different technologies capture the different types of signals from the three parts of the nervous system. Normative ranges have been collected through rigorous research. When an individual is scanned, their scores are compared to what is considered the healthy and normal ranges where stress is well managed. Deviations outside of the norm can be interpreted for their intensity, symmetry, and amplitude. A valid and reliable image of where stress is accumulating and how deeply that distress is changing critical function can be built for any individual.
Learning how the body stores stress and how that is altering a person’s health is an essential strategy in preparing a wellness program or in addressing ongoing issues. Daily stressors will always be present. How capable someone is at managing that stress is directly related to how vulnerable their health is. Digital neural scanning is an excellent method for analyzing whether a patient is moving towards a healthier state or away from it. Because scanning is non-invasive, infants, children, adults and seniors can all benefit from this procedure.
Chiropractic sciences have recognized a clinical state where stress becomes so imbedded within the spinal neural array that a persistent disturbance is measurable at a variety of spinal levels. This clinical situation is referred to as a subluxation or a subluxated state. Using neural scanning, the different components of a subluxation can be evaluated. Chronic tension may have altered motor, autonomic or sensory function. This can easily be identified with different scanning sensors. Surface electromyography (sEMG) detects inefficient firing patterns in spinal muscles. Rolling thermal scanning is used to find stress affecting the nerves that regulate organs and blood vessels. Heart Rate Variability (HRV) takes a global view of how the entire system is coping and managing daily stress. These three significant tests’ results can be combined to provide a doctor with a single number to report from. This score represents the degree of neural efficiency that is available for that particular patient. Known as the COREscore, it is now used in thousands of offices with remarkable ease. Using this validated score acquired from evidence-based technologies is leading the way for the next generation of chiropractic evaluation and reporting.
Just imagine how powerful a chiropractic team can now become. Using advanced technologies presents the necessary image in today’s healthcare system. Combine this with a simplified and accurate scoring system that speaks directly to the importance of chiropractic care, and you have the foundation for the office of the future.
Chess is a game of strategy. Delivering a care plan that moves the patient from symptoms towards wellness can be like playing a chess match. Having technologies that give reliable and instantaneous feedback gives today’s chiropractor a powerful advantage.
David Fletcher DC, FRCCSS(C)
Chairman and Chief Clinical Officer
Chiropractic Leadership Alliance
Creating Wellness Alliance