Spinal care technology developed for astronauts, the insight subluxation station, is now available for better chiropractic care here at Devi. The Insight Subluxation Station is a neurospinal screening and evaluation system that uses surface electromyography (SEMG) and thermography technology that was originally designed to measure changes in the spinal muscles and nervous system of astronauts.
The Insight Subluxation Station and Devi
Chiropractors here at Devi use the Insight Subluxation Station to help identify subluxations, or misalignments of the spine, by measuring muscle activity. Subluxations disturb the muscles regular nerve function, causing an abnormal amount of electrical flow to the muscle as well as other health challenges. The Insight Subluxation Station measures the electrical flow and charts it using graphics that show the spine and specify precisely how the chiropractor should adjust patients. The Insight Subluxation Station allows for increased accuracy in diagnosis and improved treatment.
The Insight Subluxation Station and NASA
The Insight Subluxation Station uses technology developed for NASA to measure the effects of space on the spines of space shuttle astronauts. The Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA) continued the development of the system into the commercially available model. The system measures skin temperature differentials and the electrical activity of paraspinal tissue to create visual images we can use to diagnose our patients and help bring better health to millions of people worldwide.
Creation and Research of The Insight Subluxation Station
CLA has a long record of success with sEMG. CLA co-founder, Dr. Christopher Kent conducted research at Palmer College utilizing sEMG back in the 1970′s. In the mid-1980′s, Drs. Kent and Gentempo innovated breakthrough applications and protocols for sEMG in chiropractic practice. The Insight Subluxation Station sEMG technology is similar to the technology used in EKG/heart rate measurement machines. One primary difference is that the Insight Subluxation Station sensors are 1,000 times more sensitive, since the paraspinal muscles generate less electrical activity [action potential] than the heart muscle. The sensitivity and accuracy of the Insight technology is unsurpassed!
How The Insight Subluxation Station Works
The surface EMG exam evaluates the function of the muscles that support your spine. These muscles are controlled by nerves. This test shows the pattern of how energy is distributed through these muscles. The exam helps identify areas and patterns of abnormal tension and stress. By precisely measuring muscle activity, your progress can be followed as your care progresses.
The Insight Subluxation Station Thermal Scanner assesses autonomic nervous system function by measuring skin temperature differentials. It utilizes data published in the Journal of Neurosurgery for normative comparison and reporting. A patented, breakthrough aspect of the Insight ’s Subluxation Station thermal scanner design is that the sensor array can be adjusted to accommodate the 3 different sized spines (adult, adolescent, infant).
The thermal scan is used to assess the part of your nervous system that helps to control your organs, glands, and blood vessels, the autonomic system. The instrument does this by precisely measuring differences in temperature along the spine. Since proper function of your organs, glands and blood vessels is essential to healing and living well, this test gives your doctor a ‘snapshot’ of this portion of your nervous system is working and how it is responding to care.