A powerful tool for analyzing your nervous system
At Glenbourne Chiropractic Clinic the Doctor will utilize the Insight Millennium Subluxation Station to analyze the integrity of your nervous system. The Insight is the only technology of its kind certified by the U.S. Space Foundation and the only device of its kind to be registered with the FDA and Health Canada as a Class II Medical Device. Scans with the Insight are non-invasive and will be performed as part of your initial consultation and examination and at regular intervals during re-evaluations. Your Chiropractor may also suggest that a scan with the Insight be performed if you have had a new injury, new complaint or a motor vehicle accident.
A scan with the Insight Subluxation Station is composed of three parts:
Pulse Wave Profiler (PWP)
The PWP collects information about heart rate variability. Heart rate variability is the beat-to-beat variation in heart rate. This natural rise and fall in heart rate is a normal phenomenon and is regulated by autonomic nervous system activity. By measuring heart rate variability, we can get a window into how the autonomic nervous system modulates your heart rate in a resting state. The autonomic nervous system is the portion of your nervous system that controls the organs, blood vessels and glands. Heart rate variability is a reflection of how well you are adapting to stress in your environment and how well balanced you autonomic nervous system is. Lowered heart rate variability is associated with aging, obesity and heart disease. Published research has demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments have favorable effects on heart rate variability.
The Insight Thermal Scanner assesses autonomic nervous system function by measuring differences in skin temperature along either side of your spine. Areas of abnormal nervous system function will appear on the scan as an increase in skin temperature. By analyzing these areas of increased skin temperature, the Chiropractor can make more accurate recommendations about your treatment plan needs. The thermal scan is also a quick, easy, and effective way to check children and the functioning of their nervous system.
Surface Electromyography (sEMG)
The Insight sEMG is similar to the technology used in EKG machines. One primary difference is that the Insight sensors are 1,000 times more sensitive, since the paraspinal muscles (the postural and stabilizing muscles along your spine) generate less electrical activity than heart muscle. The electrical signal changes measured by the sEMG show the Chiropractor how the motor portion of your nervous system is functioning and therefore, can quantify the muscular changes in individual spinal segments. When you are over stressed the motor system will compensate and your body will lose efficiency. Patterns of muscle function around your spine will help determine your treatment plan. Surface EMG is a powerful tool for tracking outcome assessment results from chiropractic care.