Spinal care technology developed for astronauts is now available for better chiropractic care here on Earth. The Insight Subluxation Station is a neurospinal screening and evaluation system that uses surface electromyography (SEMG) technology originally designed to measure changes in the spinal muscles of astronauts.
Chiropractors use the Insight 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 chiropractors should adjust their patients. Insight allows for increased accuracy in diagnosis and improved treatment.
The Insight 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 sensitivity of paraspinal tissues and assesses range-of-motion, and heart rate variability to create visual images chiropractors can use to diagnose their patients and help bring better health to millions of people worldwide.
The Chiropractic Leadership Alliance is a highly successful, privately held company with more than 8,000 chiropractic clients on six continents. CLA’s mission is to help create worldwide wellness by improving the practice and perception of chiropractic everywhere.”
What is Your NSFI Number?
Your NSFI number is your NeuroSpinal Functional Index Number, and tells us how healthy your body and nervous system are functioning. The Insight Subluxation Station™ Discovery model is a 5-technology unit that provides a comprehensive picture of the patient’s NeuroSpinal health. This technology is certified by the space foundation and was used by astronauts. The results from this complex battery of tests can now be communicated to patients with one number. The NSFI scale runs 0-100 and provides doctors with a single number that reflects the overall impression of their patient’s NeuroSpinal health. The NSFI number is calculated by using 5 different technologies, Algometry, Range of Motion, Surface EMG, Thermal Scan and Pulse Wave Profiler. Using these technologies and getting your NSFI number the doctor will have a better understanding of your body and your overall health.
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 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.
If there is any tenderness felt along your spine or if you are suffering from any pain when you consulted the doctor, an Algometry (pain mapping) exam would be performed to produce a comprehensive map of the pattern of pain along your spine. This test measures the sensitivity of various locations to pressure.
Range of Motion
The range of motion exam measures the amount of movement in regions of your spine. This exam identifies areas of restricted motion, and shows if one side moves better than the other. Your ranges of motion can also be compared to established normal values. This part of the exam helps your doctor find areas of altered spinal mechanics.
Pulse Wave Profiler
The PWP of Pulse Wave profiler, helps the doctor to determine your overall ability to adapt to the environment. It does this by looking at the timing of your pulse, and determining the balance and tone of your nervous system. This exam is known as heart rate variability. Proper balance and tone are associated with better adaptability and a healthy lifestyle. Low heart rate variability is associated with aging and poor heart health. Published research has shown that chiropractic adjustments have a beneficial effect on heart rate variability.