There is a difference between traditional medicine and the way Thrive looks at things. Traditional medicine relies primarily on symptoms and looks for obvious pathology on standard exams such as blood work, MRIs, and EEGs. And generally, chiropractors most often rely on x-rays.
Here’s how Thrive is different — and perhaps, more informed — when it comes to chiropractic care. We use an incredible piece of technology called INSiGHT neuroTECH to accurately assess the health and function of your central nervous system.
Now when we get into things like technology and neurology, a lot of us can get overwhelmed, but that’s the true beauty and practicality of our INSiGHT Scanning Technology — it’s super simple and easy to understand.
What is the central nervous system?
Dr. Bruce Lipton puts it this way: “The function of the central nervous system is to perceive the environment, and coordinate the function of all other cells.”
Put simply, the central nervous system (we’ll call it the nervous system from here on out) determines whether you are healthy or not.
Our nervous system is made up of three divisions: Sensory, Autonomic and Motor. These divisions work together to coordinate EVERY internal body function with EVERY movement and with EVERY thought, emotion, behavior and cognitive function. It’s “Air Traffic Control” for the entire human experience!
When you see the word “autonomic” in this context, it simply means that everything runs on autopilot and happens automatically. You can best think of this in terms of the four things we know healthy babies are supposed to be able to do: eat, sleep, poop, and move.
It’s the autonomic nervous system that controls and coordinates all four of those key health-building functions, and we can measure how well (or not well) the nervous system is doing with our simple, safe and reliable INSiGHT Scans!
Basically the examination and assessment process of the three different health care approaches breaks down like this:
- Traditional Medicine 💊 = chases symptoms and looks for obvious pathology, not function
- Movement-Based Therapy (PT, OT, Speech) 🏃 = assesses muscular or “motor tone” function through various movement assessment, strength tests, etc.
- Chiropractic Care 🧠 = assesses and determines the function of the nervous system
If you or a family member have been experiencing health issues, you may have focused your time, energy, and resources into trying to get your gut health, immune system, and motor skills functioning the best they can. We bet you (and your care team) have probably overlooked the one common thread that ties them all together: the nervous system.
How does the nervous system work?
The nervous system is a two-way street:
- Sensory nerves send information and report back to the brain and brainstem exactly what’s going on inside the body (internal environment) and outside the body (external environment).
- Motor control nerves send signals out from the brain and spinal cord and tell the various parts of the body what to do, when to do it, how to do it, etc.
Because neurological communication within the autonomic nervous system has to do this vitally important job for 37.2 million cells in the human body, things need to happen fast and have absolute clear lines of communication. We were designed to operate at well past 5G long before it was invented, and we certainly can’t have ourselves or our kids operating at dial-up speeds.
When it comes to children, their brains (nervous systems) double in size during their first year of life, and continues growing and developing at that rapid pace through year seven. That means making sure their little nervous systems are working at full function is extremely important.
This is where the INSiGHT Scan comes in… Knowing exactly how your child’s brain and nervous system are functioning and communicating is far more valuable than knowing where they sit on the height and weight chart in your pediatrician’s office. And knowing this about yourself as an adult can be invaluable in your health and wellness journey.
How do I know if my, or my child’s, nervous system is suffering?
When your body is experiencing subluxation (misalignment of the vertebrae) or dysautonomia (disorder of the autonomous nervous system), your nervous system can be suffering from one of these major issues:
- Stuck stress, tension, spasm, etc.
- Lack of balance (more on this later) and coordination
- Disorganization and dysfunction
Some of the signs and symptoms of your child’s nervous system being stressed out, tense, and stuck on sympathetic fight-or-flight mode may include:
- Colic and frequent crying in an infant
- Excessive tantrums and meltdowns in a toddler or preschool-aged child
- Motor and speech delays
- Sensory processing and emotional regulation challenges
- ADHD and anxiety type challenges later on in school-aged children and teens
In adults, symptoms may include:
- joint pain
- pinched nerves
- sciatica, back pain
- neck pain
- decreased or inefficient mobility
Sadly, most pediatricians dismiss most neurodevelopmental and sensory challenges as “normal” and still tell parents today things like, “Don’t worry, they’ll grow out of it.” Well, what we now know is that for most kids, those symptoms and conditions are obvious signs of trouble brewing in the nervous system.
Now that we have a good understanding of the importance of a healthy nervous system, let’s dive into the INSiGHT Scans and what they can tell us.
INSiGHT Scan #1: Heart Rate Variability (HRV)
These scans are incredibly helpful at getting a broader picture of your neurological health, telling us whether your autonomic nervous system is healthy, balanced and fully charged… Or stressed out, imbalanced and worn out.
The key word here is “variability” because that is truly the number one marker of good neurological health: the ability to be adaptable and resilient. Adaptability is the key to good health, whether we are talking about gut and immune health, or behavioral, emotional, and cognitive health.
Every person is going to encounter bacteria, viruses, physical injuries, environmental toxins, and emotional challenges on an almost daily basis. So what we really know about good health is that it’s not determined by avoiding or trying to hide from these things, but being able to adapt and overcome them.
The vast majority of HRV scans in our office, for kids and adults alike, look like this example. In a healthy scan, the white dot would be in the green box.
In the example scan, the white dot is in the lower left, indicating two very common findings that are the result of subluxation and dysautonomia:
Shifted left = this person is stuck predominantly in sympathetic fight-or-flight mode, and/or has an exhausted parasympathetic nervous system and vagal tone issues
Shifted low = this person has lower “reserve capacity” and adaptability, or put simply, low energy
There’s more data gleaned from the HRV scan, but we’re keeping it simple here. The important point is, armed with this knowledge, a more informed care plan can be devised, and measurable baselines can be set in order to gauge change.
INSiGHT Scan #2: Neurothermal
The main thing the Neurothermal Scans help us find are the regional effects of subluxation and dysautonomia. We can run this scan on everyone from a one-day-old infant to an adult in a matter of minutes.
Since the core functions of the autonomic nervous system are to coordinate and regulate the function of the digestive system, immune system, hormones, and so forth, this scan helps us really understand what’s going on in our patients who are struggling with things such as colic, reflux, constipation, chronic ear infections, allergies, adrenal dysfunction, and sleep disorders.
This is a Neurothermal Scan of a child struggling with virtually all of those conditions of the neuro-gastric-immune complex, as well as anxiety.
The three things we don’t like to see in these scans are:
- Green, blue, and red bars on the top half of the NCM graph: This indicates there are stuck, tension, and sympathetic dominance components of subluxation
- There is “back-and-forth” or “tug-of-war” type tracking, as well as tracking on the bottom summary graph: This indicates dysautonomia and tension throughout the neurospinal system
- The DTG bars along the sides of the summary graph (bottom half) are inside the black lines and blue: This indicates the subluxation and condition is becoming more chronic
INSiGHT Scan #3: Neurospinal EMG
This particular scan is absolutely vital, as it serves as the most important form of testing we can do when conditions such as Autism, Asperger’s, Sensory Integration Disorders, ADHD, and Anxiety are being investigated.
That’s because each of these neurodevelopmental and neurosensory challenges are rooted in stuck tension, altered tone, and exhaustion of the neuromotor system. Most every parent of a spectrum or sensory child is familiar with the word “tone,” having worked with amazing professionals that include Pediatric PTs, OTs, and Speech Therapists.
Neurological and tone challenges are a big deal, as motor function and development determines brain function and development. That means, if the EMG scan detects patterns of stuck tension and imbalance, the brain is almost certainly stuck in sympathetic (fight or flight) tone and also struggling with an imbalance among its core functions of regulating emotions, behavior, learning and memory.
The most exciting thing about Pediatric Chiropractic is that we can see changes in a child’s EMG Scans quickly, because their nervous system is still learning to grow and adapt at such a fast pace. Their brains and bodies are growing and developing at such a rapid rate, it’s really quite incredible. But that also means that when subluxation gets into the neuromuscular system (as shown on EMG), it can really wreak havoc and alter their development for years to come.
Our INSiGHT EMG Scans also use a three-step scoring system that allows us to really understand what’s going on with the neuromotor system, and thus overall brain and neurodevelopment.
Here are the three scores you’ll see on an EMG Scan, and a quick explanation of what they mean:
Total Energy Score
This score tends to go way up in a person who’s wound up and stuck in sympathetic mode. A high score here is most often seen with our “Raging Bull” cases, those people struggling with things such as anxiety, behavior, sleep issues, and so forth.
This is a very important score to the overall neurological tone. A low score here indicates a person who’s likely struggling with emotional dysregulation, focus and concentration challenges, postural exhaustion and weak core, and so forth.
This score is measuring the balance between the right and left sides of the neurospinal system, which is crucial for balance in overall brain function and coordination.
Putting all of this together…
While Dr. Josh will take you through each scan individually, perhaps the most important aspect of the INSiGHT Scans is being able to put them all together and get a full picture of what’s going on with you or your child’s nervous system and overall health!
The INSiGHT Scans do exactly what they’re named for: give us insights and an understanding of the most important aspect of your health, in ways that no other health practitioner can.
The nervous system truly is the “mom” of the entire body, keeping everything and everyone on track at all times. And just like quite a few moms, it can get wound up and worn out. But it truly doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Josh is here to put a care plan together based on your needs. With each and every adjustment, you’ll see the stuck stress and tension leave the body, and the calm, relaxation, and healing capacity kick back in.
Thriving Magazine • Issue 17
Our winter issue showcases the many ways we can trade expectation for appreciation, and how gratitude can be a strong catalyst to better health.Enjoy!
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Low back pain is prevalent throughout our society, with estimates that 84% of us will experience low back pain at some point in our lives. For about 20% of people back pain becomes a chronic debilitating condition. We often think about back pain being related to disc issues, muscle tension, posture, etc., but something that is overlooked is ...
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep? Maybe you toss and turn and start thinking about all that is wrong in the world, or what you wish was different in your life? I remember the days when I would wake up and look at the clock. It would be 2:56 am and I would start thinking about the things in life that I ...
Here come the holidays! This is my favorite time of the year. A time to come together with family and friends, good food and even better company. It can also be a time with extra running around to get everything checked off of your to do list which can leave you feeling tired and rundown. We all want to stay as healthy as possible so we can ...
Try out these high protein muffins to help balance your blood sugar. Low in carbs and full of protein, these muffins are a healthy way to start your day or a perfect mid morning snack. Eating the right amount of protein at each meal is an important factor in helping you balance your blood sugar to burn fat and have healthy consistent energy ...
We’ve had a lot of new members working out with us recently in the Restorative Fitness Department at Thrive. I always love the opportunity to coach someone new and have found a lot recently that it’s given me the chance to talk about some key principles we use. If you’ve been in the program for any length of time, these themes should not be ...
We don’t often pay much attention to our legs or feet unless there are issues there to attend to. But those of us with a chronic lower limb injury or musculoskeletal instability in the arch of the foot can attest to how unrelenting such an affliction can be. Managing ongoing foot and leg pain can be exasperating; every step is an excruciating ...
An estimated 45+ million youth play sports in the United States. Each year, 35% of youth athletes quit, and just by the age of fifteen, 70-80% of youth athletes will no longer play. These are alarming numbers considering we often put our children in sport for fun, positive experiences, activity, and for the benefits that we know sport can ...
You are probably familiar with physical therapy helping to address pain, mobility issues, muscle tension, or strength deficits, but there is so much more a physical therapist can offer you. If you aren’t living your best life, it may be time to schedule an appointment with one of our amazing Thrive physical therapists.
Many of us will struggle with some form of digestive complications at some point in our lives. Oftentimes, this can be attributed to poor dietary choices and lifestyle habits. But if these issues become chronic and/or severe, one will seek help in the form of medication or other means.Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory, the ...
Do you wish you had more confidence in life? Do you hesitate when it comes to making decisions, not knowing what is the best decision for you at the moment? Would you like to really believe in yourself and trust that life is moving in the best direction for you? Quantum science has shown that life doesn’t happen TO us but THROUGH us. Our ...
You may know that to enhance running you need to complete a running training program that progresses over time. This will likely include strength and stability exercises, mobility training, and of course, running. But what can get overlooked is what you put into your body each day to fuel yourself to optimize your performance. The things we ...
Can acupuncture really help the recovery from an accident? As you can imagine, the realistic answer is that it depends on the severity of injuries and duration of time passed after the trauma. For moderate to severe injury, It is imperative that one is first evaluated and treated by a Western trained traumatology physician to identify the ...
Nutrition is obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Sounds simple, right? Then why do so many people struggle with this concept? Why is the “standard American diet” given the acronym SAD, or why are almost 40% of American adults considered to be obese? We have more food in this country than any other country, yet most of us ...
Has anyone told you an Epsom salt soak would be great for your sprained ankle? Did you play for a coach who told you to do an Epsom salt soak? Have you ever had a massage where your massage therapist tells you to go home and soak in Epsom salt? I can’t tell you how many healthcare professionals have recommended this remedy to me! So clearly ...
The real thing that is limiting your potential is your mindset. I know because I was THAT person. I was diagnosed with asthma at an early age, and running has always been a struggle. While asthma is a genuine problem to have, it was the first thing that held me back from enjoying running. In January 2021, I decided to change this mindset that ...
Do you need a prescription/referral for physical therapy? Do you take insurance? How long will my appointment be? Who will I work with at my PT appointment? What can I expect at my first appointment?
The Fitness Industry has grown exponentially in recent years. In every way. Venues have evolved to include everything from Big Box Gyms to boutique studios, from everything-under-one-roof clubs to small, dedicated spaces marketed around a specific brand of fitness or even a single piece of equipment. The last year has also seen enormous ...
HUH? How do these two professions have anything to do with each other? In most general terms, they don’t. But as it turns out, when it comes to repetitive injuries sustained in the field, they have a lot in common. Employees in both industries are being seen A LOT in PT practices for injuries of the neck, back, shoulder and upper extremity as ...
Running is one of the most innate and natural movements humans can do, and yet those who regularly engage in it often continue to be perplexed and frustrated by the aches and injuries that can accompany it. Our ancient nomadic ancestors would regularly run down their hunting prey across vast plains for hours at a time, yet they probably ...
May 19, 2021Virginia is for lovers we say. Well, I do agree until the moment I step outside for a morning jog in early spring… For those like myself, leaving winter behind is delightful. I know holidays are great BUT the prospect of the warm weather and outdoor activities give me a sense of freedom and abundance I really crave more. Though ...
April 28, 2021 Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) to Relieve Allergy Symptoms Ahh Springtime! Warm sunny days and longer nights are all fun and games until, the one thing we can’t stand pops up, those pesky seasonal allergies. Trees, grass, weeds, and beautiful spring flowers all release tiny granules (pollen) into the air to fertilize other ...
April 14, 2021Achoo! The Spring weather is a welcome transition from the Winter cold. Blooming trees and flowers can lift our spirits but can wreak havoc on allergy symptoms. According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Spring is the time corresponding to the Liver organ and when the internal energies tend to lift up and outward. If there ...
April 9, 2021What is Dry Brushing? Dry brushing, dry body brushing, or skin brushing is the use of a natural fiber bristle brush to aid in the stimulation of the skin, lymphatic system, circulatory system, and the nervous system. Skin brushing has been used in the healing practices of cultures all around the world for hundreds of years. ...
December 14, 2020 Are you or a loved one dealing with pain? Or maybe you’re a “weekend warrior” who pushed it a little too far? Or how about aches and pains from running? Maybe you’re dealing with muscle tension and loss of function from a physically demanding job? Or maybe you have persistent pain that has been around so long you can’t ...
May 26, 2020Unless you have been living under a rock (which, may be the case with the current #Rona running around) I am sure you are aware that health and wellness is a hot topic these days. Health choices and food research is no longer just for those who are “another year wiser” but even the younger generation is jumping into the mix. As a ...
May 19, 2020 Written by: Neida Fedison, L.Ac + Dipl. Ac + DAOM Have you ever heard about Oriental Medicine? You probably have but don’t even know it. You most likely know what Acupuncture is and with some limited information obtained through family members, friends, or even movies and TV shows. Then what is Oriental Medicine? It is the ...
[ Blog Post Date ] What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a holistic modality using hand and finger pressure on the feet, outer ears and/or hands with the intent to stimulate nerve endings, creating positive electrical and chemical changes contributing to homeostasis. Reflexology is also known as zone therapy which accepts the belief that a ...
February 18, 2020 Have you ever thought “what is sleep?”. Odds are, this thought has never crossed your mind. And that is okay. You are not alone; we were right there with you! But, what if we stopped and truly thought about what sleep is, how sleep affects our mental, emotional and physical state; more importantly, how proper sleep habits ...
NFL football players are some of the highest performing athletes in the world. With this comes strict regimes to ensure their mental and physical health. Everything from their eating habits to sleeping patterns plays a role in their performance and allow them to THRIVE. While not everyone may be an athlete at this level, many of their habits ...
January 21, 2020 Written by: Chantal Owen, CMT + CR + CCA With the cold, flu and allergy seasons upon us, we wanted to give the inside scoop on the ways Thrive can help aid your recovery and at-home tips to get through this season. Luckily so far our winter has been very mild this year yet the yoyo effect between the cold and warm days has ...
Inchworms - Rounded Downward Dog Walk OutsFrom all fours, knees directly under hips and hands under shoulders Shift your weight forward so your nose is over your fingertips. Exhale and round up through your mid-back like a "cat" yoga pose Extend knees to inhibit hyperactive muscles into a slightly rounded downward dog From the downward dog ...
Have you ever wondered about the difference between a medical massage and a spa massage? We had one of our certified massage therapists, Chantal, discuss the differences to help better understand. While one might think all massages are alike that is not the case. Medical massages and spa massages have differences in their purpose, training, ...
The prenatal and postnatal phases are both beautiful and brutal experiences when having a baby. When carrying, the lower ribs can become more flared to make room for the baby, especially during the last trimester. Once we have the baby and begin cradling during feedings, it creates more tension along the bra line area. Whether you’re nursing ...
Aromatherapy is a fascinating field–one that got me completely hooked and that I’ve been passionate about for years. As a French native, where aromatherapy and phytotherapy have a prominent place in health and wellness, I’ve always known the power of essential oils. However, the day that I observed Raindrop Therapy performed on a horse was ...
February 10, 2018FO Every runner wants to win the injury prevention race, whether it is the runner just starting out, the casual runner or the competitive runner. It seems that with all the advancements in training methods, shoe wear, research and even medicine we think we have found the answer. One thing has become clear to us, through all ...
May 27, 2017 We recently got to spend an awesome morning with the fabulous Kristen Crowley and the WGNT/WTKR News 3 morning crew. Kristen put together a '5 Days of Fit & Fab' Total Body Wellness series and we were honored and grateful to participate! In this series, we shared 5 quick tips to set your body up for success not only in the ...
[ Blog Post Date ] The New England Patriots defied the odds by coming back from a situation that seemed impossible!Tom Brady. Credit Getty ImagesTom Brady credited the team's Mental Toughness for their Epic Superbowl win.Mental toughness is a collection of mental performance skill sets that allow a person to persevere through ...
The ribcage is a huge part of anatomy that tends to be ignored, especially when treating low back pain.Our ribcage is thought of as a steel cage that isn’t supposed to be very mobile, however, our ribcage is meant to be very mobile! Ribs attach to the front of our body on the sternum and are long levers that wrap all they way back to our ...
Let's look at the mechanics of breathing, as well as the mechanics of the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms, to better understand how the mechanical ventilatory pump is a powerful driver to keep the body connected to the ground during dynamic movement.The central tendon of the respiratory diaphragm descends towards the ground during ...
Hopefully you are following our discussion about the valuable principle of grounding. What's cool is our natural gait cycle is mechanically sound to help us ground ourselves to improve our internal physiology and system function. Unfortunately, many people have lost the reciprocity to exchange a rhythm between the right and left halves of the ...
"Grounding" is a principle we apply in our programming and is essential for restoring normal physiological and mechanical function. Various research has been published to help explain the beneficial effects of grounding on human biological performance and health (note: Earthing is a form of grounding).The inability to ground is the inability ...
At THRIVE, we fabricate a very unique and special foot orthotic that applies neuromuscular principles with solid principals of lower extremity biomechanics. These orthotics effectively influence the entire postural and movement system by combining the Science of Postural Restoration (PRI) Advanced Physical Therapy with the biomechanics of ...