MyoVision Static EMG
A Surface EMG is similar to an EKG for the heart. It uses a hand held instrument placed over the spinal muscles of the neck and back to identify the exact location of abnormal muscle activity. The test is quick and painless; but most importantly, it helps your chiropractor determine what further evaluations or tests may or may not be necessary! How do you measure up?
What do the Results of my EMG Scan Mean?
Originally developed for use by NASA to measure the effects of zero gravity and fatigue on astronauts it has been shown to correlate with dysfunction of the spine either due to injury, abnormal postures and other stress.
The test measures the amount of muscle activity (or inactivity) within a particular group of muscles surrounding the spine. If problems are long standing, abnormal muscle fatigue will be present; on the other hand, acute injuries will show up as abnormally strong, denoting overworking or spastic muscles. Spasms typically occur when the muscle has to protect a weakened joint and/or nerve. These abnormal patterns in muscle activity provide solid evidence that there may be nerve irritation and subluxations in those areas of muscle dysfunction.
Once the scan is complete your your Chiropractor will correlate these findings with the other objective tests performed on your initial visit and will go over the results with you during your Report of Findings. Your doctor uses these readings to more efficiently evaluate and treat in order to properly return the spine and surrounding muscles to proper health; it allows us to correctly outline a customized treatment plan just for you.
After the initial phase of treatment an updated scan will be performed in order to assess your progress and how the next phase of treatment goals should be tailored to correctly rehabiitate the spine, either through continued chiropractic treatment or through the referral/co-treatment of rehabilitation.
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