Spinal Health Diagnostic

Digital X-ray, Ultrasound, Myovision – EP Stress Score

Digital
X-ray

Using our state of the art digital X-ray facility, we are able to determine bone structure and identify dysfunction in the skeletal system, to truly understand your postural imbalances. Posture is the window into your spine…

X-ray reports are available within 24 hours.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

Ultrasound images are typically used to help diagnose:

  • Tendon tears, or tendinitis of the rotator cuff in the shoulder, Achilles tendon in the ankle and other tendons throughout the body.
  • Muscle tears, masses or fluid collections.
  • Ligament sprains or tears.
  • Inflammation or fluid (effusions) within the bursae and joints.
  • Early changes of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Benign and malignant soft tissue tumors.
  • Ganglion cysts.
  • Hernias
  • Fluid in a painful hip joint in children.
  • Neck muscle abnormalities in infants with torticollis
  • Soft tissue masses (lumps)

What to wear and how is the procedure performed?

You should wear comfortable clothing. You may be positioned lying face-up or face-down on an examination table. When the transducer is pressed against your skin, it will direct small pulses of inaudible, high-frequency sound waves into the body. A transducer both sends the sound waves into the body and receives the echoing waves. We may ask you to move the extremity being examined or may move it for you to evaluate the anatomy and function of the joint, muscle, ligament or tendon.

Our portable wireless Ultrasound scanner combined with our diagnostic skills gives you the opportunity to truly understand the root cause of your issues. 

Myovision

MyoVision’s ScanVision™ uses Static sEMG (surface electromyography) to measure electrical activity of the paraspinal muscles while weight bearing using the patented wireless 5 electrode design.  It’s measuring the muscular response to spinal subluxation.  The ScanVision allows us to provide you with a quantifiable means of what we are feeling with with our hands.

The ScanVision’s proprietary sEMG technology is a completely safe, painless and non-invasive method of evaluating spinal health utilizing the well established EKG technology.

Utilizing technology identical to the commonly used EKG/ECG, MyoVision’s ScanVision allows us to do a “quick measure” of muscle tension about the spine, showing muscular compensation patterns for spinal subluxations.

The bars extend outward from the spine, showing muscle tension levels on both left and right sides of the spine. The length of the bars are proportional to the amount of muscle tension. The readings are presented numerically as “microvolts” or millionths of a volt, and added all together into what we call the “EP Stress Score.”

EP Stress Score

The EP (Electrophysiologial) is the sum of all muscle activity around the spine, measured in microvolts. It makes understanding the Static sEMG easy.

Prior to the EP Stress score, many would question the reproducibility of Static sEMG due to the fact that patients standing will sway from left to right in a pre to post test.  The EP Stress score stays the same, as the total sum of muscle activity required to maintain the patient’s posture stays the same. This established test-retest reliability of 0.96 and eliminated the effect of sway.

The EP Stress Score is best used as a baseline to track your progress. Many think of it as a blood pressure cuff, or EKG for spinal health. The test results can be immediately emailed straight to your smartphone. You will be able to track their own progress, putting you in control of your healthcare.

What do the results mean?

Colors indicate level of tension, with yellow, green, pink and red corresponding with very low, average, moderately high, and high readings respectively. Percent difference displayed is the difference between left and right sides at the level measured with arrows pointing to 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 chronic state of fatigue from being overly stressed.