Technology

To see is to know. To not see is to guess.

We refuse to guess about your health!

 

Our office does not believe in taking shortcuts. Our new patients often tell us that the exam they experience in our office is the most thorough exam of any doctor they have ever been to.
Initial evaluations consist of the following:

Adult Evaluation:Evaluating a patient using MyoVision

  1. Thorough health history and consultation – This guides our entire evaluation, helping us to decide which tests we need to perform to determine the CAUSE of your health concern.
  2. MyoVision Thermography Scan – Click here to learn more
  3. MyoVision ScanVision Exam – Click here to learn more
  4. Gentle Palpation – Chiropractors spend years developing their sense of touch to carefully evaluate the bones, muscles and joints to determine whether or not they are functioning properly.
  5. X-rays – X-rays are a vital part of your examination. Would you ask a mechanic to figure out what is wrong with your engine, without looking under the hood? For our pregnant moms, a digital posture scan may be used in place of x-ray.
  6. Digital Foot Scan (when necessary) – Click here to learn more
  7. Orthopedic/Neurological Examination – As needed, based on your unique health concern.

 

Child Evaluation (Children 5 and up)Chiropractic care for children

  1. Thorough health history and consultation – This guides our entire evaluation, helping us to decide which tests we need to perform to determine the CAUSE of your health concern.
  2. MyoVision Thermography Scan – Click here to learn more
  3. MyoVision ScanVision Exam – Click here to learn more
  4. Gentle Palpation – Chiropractors spend years developing their sense of touch to carefully evaluate the bones, muscles and joints to determine whether or not they are functioning properly.
  5. Digital Posture Scan – Click here to learn more
  6. Digital Foot Scan (when necessary) – Click here to learn more

 

Child Evaluation (Children under 5)Chiropractic care for patients under 5

  1. Thorough health history and consultation – This guides our entire evaluation, helping us to decide which tests we need to perform to determine the CAUSE of your health concern.
  2. Gentle Palpation – Chiropractors spend years developing their sense of touch to carefully evaluate the bones, muscles and joints to determine whether or not they are functioning properly.
  3. Digital Posture Scan – If appropriate. Click here to learn more.

 


 

MyoVision

From NASA, to the National Institutes of Health, to you!

 

MyoVision Scan (Before Treatment)
Patient MyoVision results before chiropractic treatment

MyoVision Scan (After Treatment)
Patient MyoVision results after chiropractic treatment

In the 1980s, NASA researcher, David Marcarian looked for a way to evaluate muscle fatigue experienced by astronauts when using the simulator. As a result of his research and work with surface Electromyography (sEMG), a new hand controller was developed resulting in a decrease in fatigue.
Years later, Oregon chiropractor, Dr. William Mcllvaine, challenged Marcarian to find a way to apply this technology to chiropractic, in an effort to better detect and monitor muscle tension patterns associated with subluxations, a common nerve problem associated with the spine.
Marcarian accepted the challenge. Developed under a prestigious NIH Grant, MyoVision is the result of thousands of hours of research and development, and clinical application in areas from healthcare to sports medicine. With over 80 patents, innovation has driven the success of MyoVision since it’s inception in 1989, and is 100% American made.

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Your MyoVision Exam consists of two scans: Infrared Thermography and sEMG.

Infrared thermography is equipment that utilizes infrared energy emitted from the body, converts it to temperature, and displays a color image of the temperature in your spine.

Have you ever sprained an ankle? A sprained ankle will often swell up with inflammation. Inflammation increases the circulation in the injured area, which increase the temperature in that area. A similar thing happens when you have a subluxation (misalignment) in the spine. This scan allows us to see if there is active inflammation occurring in your spine, which can create pressure on the delicate nerves that go to every tissue and cell in your body.

The ScanVision utilizes technology similar to the EKG. Instead of measuring heart muscle patters, we measure the muscular compensation about the spine. The ScanVision Scanning sEMG exam is an electronic form of palpation (ie, touch), providing an objective means of quantifying an important measure of spinal health. The exam takes only a couple of minutes.

ScanVision Exam at Frain Family Chiropractic

Muscles compensate for pain and/or spinal subluxation by tensing up to brace and guard. The MyoVision objectively documents this pattern of muscular guarding, establishing need for care and tracking progress over time.

sEMG Chiropractic Exam Results

Colors indicate level of tension, with green, pink, red and yellow corresponding with average, moderately high, high and very low readings respectively. Percent difference displayed is the difference between left and right sides at the level measured, with arrows pointing the direction of imbalance. Both very high (red) and very low (yellow) readings are significant. High readings (red) are typically seen in the acute phase of spinal subluxation or injury, while very low readings (yellow) are commonly seen when muscles are in a chronic state of fatigue.

Just as blood pressure cuff is used to track your cardiovascular health, the MyoVision is used to track your spinal health. The data helps determine the proper course of care and track your progress over time.

The Electrophysiological (EP) Stress Score is calculated by adding up all muscle activity readings for both left and right sides at all levels of the spine. This sum of all muscle activity about the spine provides a baseline measurement for which all subsequent readings are compared. This allows us to track your progress over time with a simple single number. This number means very little on its own. The first reading is used to create a baseline. All subsequent readings are compared with the baseline for the purpose of tracking progress.

Elevated EP Stress Score readings on a first exam are associated with the acute state of subluxation and/or spinal health. Readings typically will drop after 4-6 weeks of care. Low EP Stress Score readings on a first exam are associated with a chronic problem, with muscles in a state of fatigue. Expect your EP Stress Score to increase, as muscles begin to fire more normally. Since no one lives static lives, expect your EP Stress Score to reflect your activities of daily living. Everything from sitting at the computer too long to playing sports will impact your score.

EP Stress Score
Prior to Chiropractic Care

EP Stress Score
With Two Months of Chiropractic Care

Not at all. It is non-invasive and does not cause pain or irritation. This makes it safe for children, pregnant women and seniors. It simply requires the placement of small electrodes against the skin.

 

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Digital Foot Scan

 

Digital Foot Scan Results

 

Are your feet healthy? Flat feet or foot imbalances can lead to foot pain, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and even shoulder pain. Our scanner takes 17 infrared measurements of your feet to come up with your individual  assessment. Following a foot scan, a report will provide you a Pronation/Stability Index, a Foot Assessment, and a Body Assessment.

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Your Score

 

Foot Exam Score Range

The index reveals the severity of pronation/stability in your feet, ranging from Optimal to Severe. An index of 102, for example, is Moderate pronation/instability. Untreated imbalances of any level may lead to chronic problems throughout your body.

 

Your Feet

 

Optimal Foot Scan

The Optimal Foot

This image shows what the optimal foot looks like. The red areas represent where pressure on your foot should be – your toes, the balls of your foot, and heel. However, 99% of feet do not look like this.

Flat Foot Scan

The Flat Foot

This image shows what flat feet look like on the scanner. In this example, all three arches of the foot have collapsed. Once your arches collapse it throws the rest of your body off-kilter when you move, putting you at a higher risk for pain. This includes pain in the feet, knees, hips, back, and neck.

 

Your Body

The body assessment image shows how imbalances in the feet can lead to knee rotation, pelvic tilt and shoulder drop. These imbalances in the body can be caused by pronation and supination of the foot.
These instabilities can lead to conditions such as plantar fasciitis, knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and neck pain.
A properly aligned body will have symmetrical feet, level knees, pelvis and shoulders. Wearing Custom Orthotics may help alleviate imbalances and conditions caused by those imbalances.

Body Balance Assesment

 

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Digital Posture Scan

 

Digital Posture Scan

 

 

Regular chiropractic check-ups for children is essentially for overall health. One of the ways we monitor their health is through regular digital posture scans.
Consisting of 2 – 4 pictures, these scans help us visualize how little spines are developing without the concern of damaging growth plates with x-ray.
Progress scans can also help us track the improvement in your child’s posture through chiropractic care and prescribed at-home exercises.
As we watch your child grow, should we notice any evidence of a scoliosis, we will then use x-ray to help us determine the severity of the curvature and develop a plan of action to give your child the best chance at curve correction.

 

Are Digital Posture Scans just for kids?

Absolutely not! Digital Posture Scans are a great tool for adults as well. It can help us monitor improvements in posture as a result of care, without taking new x-rays every few months. It can also help us visualize what your spine looks like if you are unable to have x-rays taken, such as in pregnancy.