Do you remember Newton’s first law of motion? “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
Our body’s were designed to move and observing them in action can tell us if their flow of motion has been interrupted by this unbalanced force, resulting in a subluxation. If so, we definitely want to put that body back in the swing of things with a chiropractic adjustment. We can do this best by seeing the body in action.
How We Use Motion Study X-Rays
At Trinity Chiropractic, we believe in scientific data to show you how your body is functioning and performing better with chiropractic care. For the last several years, we’ve offered a unique way to achieve this with Digital Motion Study X-rays.
When examining a patient and setting up a care plan, we take x-rays to have a clear picture of where the bones are subluxated. We start with a static image of the patient standing still. This gives us a great reference point, but doesn’t show everything that happens when the person sits, squats, walks or runs.
With a motion study, we take x-rays of the person doing various actions. This gives a wealth of information. We can see whether the bones are moving the way they are supposed to in relation to each other. This gives a good indication if the body is functioning at a high level or not.
If the bones are stuck and not moving properly, then we know they are subluxated. This means the bone is putting pressure on the nerves, decreasing the signal from the brain to the body.
We compare the x-rays of the body holding still to the images in motion. For example, if looking at an image of the lower back from a front view with the patient leaning to one side, we should see that the disc between the vertebra becomes pinched on one side and opens on the other. We can see that it is moving correctly.
However, if the disc remains flat when the patient moves, the vertebra is subluxated. This will cause scar tissue, degeneration, a great deal of pain and loss of function. A chiropractic adjustment puts the bone back in place gently and efficiently.
At the end of a care plan, we retake motion study x-rays to determine how the body is doing, how motion and function have returned as a result of chiropractic. This goes far beyond how someone is feeling, and gives specific, scientific data.
Get in Motion
This technique of using motion study x-rays, called Penning’s Method, is widely accepted and highly utilized. We were introduced to it by chiropractors in Chicago and California and we’ve implemented it in our search to always improve our services. You can read more about Penning’s in this study.
If you’re ready to put your body in motion and keep it moving, contact Trinity Chiropractic of Burleson to request an appointment for your start to principled chiropractic care.