HOW OLD IS YOUR SPINE?

I have always been commited to offering the most up to date assessment and treatment technologies. Over my 24 years in practice I have used a wide range of what are called functional assessments: High-tech but non-invasive tests that help you to clearly see what kind of shape your body is really in.

You may be feeling OK, but be in terrible condition, or on the other hand you could be feeling terrible but your body is working OK even though it may be in a healing crisis. More and more health care experts are agreeing that functional assessments are perhaps more important than symptoms when it comes to telling whether or not your body is working to its full potential.

WHAT DO THESE ASSESSMENTS MEAN?

The assessments we carry out at Super Healthy are a high-tech combination of technologies that help us to show you what condition you are currently in. And they help us to determine how severely your spinal column is becoming subluxated.

Subluxation is a condition of the spinal column where the joints are becoming stiff, misaligned and the enclosed nervous system is malfunctioning. Chiropractors believe that not only does this contribute to neck and back pains, headaches and other body aches and pains, it can also diminish you body’s ability to heal and be healthy. In other words your Subluxations may be limiting your ability to overcome illness and to stay well:

Posture Pro ReportPOSTURE PRO REPORT

Posture is one of the most important indicators of your spinal and body health. Research has demonstrated links between bad posture and a host of health problems to the point where we can predict that the more out of alignment your posture is the more likely you are to develop bad health.

If you look at your posture picture, you will see numbers surrounding you. These represent how far that part of your body is out of alignment: A score of 0 or 1 is OK, but anything 2 and beyond tells us that this area of your body is going to be under increasing strain and risk of problems. The skeletal cartoon below is an estimate by the computer program of what this alignment looks like on the inside. You’ll see some % scores that represent how much extra stress is developing in those regions. The “Add. Force” score is the extra amount of weight being transmitted through your neck due to your head position. Your “Balance Point” is your centre of gravity which should ideally be perfectly centred.

Perhaps the most important number is the “Total Deviation” Score which is the rating of your posture (the bigger the number the worse you are). We aim to get you as close to a score of 10 as possible. Scores of 20 or more indicate serious postural problems.

Range of MotionSPINAL ROM EXAM REPORT

ROM is range of motion or flexibility. The more flexible you are the more elastic and healthy your spine and body tends to be. As you become stiffer your joints tend to become less pliable, less able to cope with movement and shock, more prone to strain and injury, and more likely to become worn and arthritic. I have also noticed a strong correlation between stiffening of the spine and increasing emotional rigidity – becoming less flexible generally – which is not a healthy way to deal with daily stress and strain.

Looking at your report, you can see the movement you have performed in the picture. The number on the bottom right of each shot is how far you can bend. The “Normal Range” (blue box) number is how far you should be able to bend and so the “Deficit” (red box) is how much movement you are lacking or how stiff you are: Any number above 10 is significant stiffness, the bigger the number the stiffer you are.

Heart Rate VariabilityEMWAVE REPORT

Heart Rate Variability is a measure of the fluctuation in your pulse rate through time while you are sitting in a relaxed position. Some people might think that your heart rate would not change if you were sitting still, when in fact the healthier you are the greater the variation and the more rhythmic the variations will be: This rhythm is known as coherence. Coherence is the degree of connection between your breathing rhythm and your heart rhythm which indicates healthy connections in your nervous system. The more stressed and tense your nervous system the worse your coherence will be. As your spine becomes more subluxated your nervous system becomes more irritated and less coherent.

The first graph on your report is the heart rate variability: Ideally this should be a steady smooth wave form – the higher and more even the waves the better. The “Coherence Ratio” shows you what percentage of time you spend in Low, Medium and High Coherence: The more time spent in high coherence the better. Our goal is to keep the number under the Low coherence bar less than your current age. The “Accumulated Coherence Score” shows whether you are able to consistently stay in coherence, whether you drift in and out or whether you have failed to achieve consistent coherence. The “Power Spectrum” is representing the frequencies or channels that are busy in your nervous system. Ideally one strong spike at 0.10 tells you that your nervous system is in “The Zone”. Spikes to the left of 0.10 represent your sympathetic or “fight and flight” nervous system being overactive. Spikes to the right of 0.10 represent your parasympathetic or internal nervous system being overactive.

“SPINAL FUNCTIONAL AGE”

On the summary page you will see that we have tabulated all your scores from the above assessments. The simplest way to look at this table is to notice the biggest numbers – these are the functions that are letting your body and health down the most. Some people will have neck movements significantly reduced, for others the torso flexibility will be bad, and for others their posture is the most significant problem. The other scores you see on this table are the indicators that we analyse when you are lying down on the adjusting table. Others show a nervous system significantly out of tune.

You can see at the bottom of the page that these numbers have been totaled to produce what we call your Spinal Functional Age (SFA). We see this as a rating of your overall condition and our goal is to get this score at least below your current age. Another way I describe this score is “your spine is currently functioning at the level of a (SFA) old spine” – How old is your spine?

“SELF PERCEIVED HEALTH AGE”

We also use a general health questionnaire that we ask you to complete at home and return at your next visit. Place two ticks across from each heading, one for the regularity and one for the severity to rate how you have been feeling about that topic recently. When you return this we will use the scoring system at the bottom of the page to tell your “self perceived health age” (SPHA): I describe this as “how old you are feeling”.

HOW DO WE USE THIS INFORMATION?

The results of these assessments help us to show you what condition you are in right now, helps us to prioritise the type of treatment and self-help advice that will work best for you, allows us to chart and track your progress through time, and gives us a baseline to monitor your function and health in the future.

 

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