When the first paper was released on Chiropractic adjustment and cortical brain wave patterns, it opened the door for Chiropractic to get back on track. Today there are four powerful papers which not only support the CNS connection, but are also advancing the understanding of “how” and “why” the Adjustment has such a powerful neurologic foundation. This is the new beginning for Chiropractic. The challenge was, “How could we apply this great information to everyday practice?” This led to the development of the NeuroInfiniti instrument. Dr. Barwell realized that the research on neurophysiological response to stressors and the body’s ability to recover from these stressors was already in place. What was needed was a method to be able to do objective patient testing to see if the patient’s systems were working ideally. An investigation found that no one had done the development of such an instrument. Dr. Barwell contacted the leading company in Biofeedback hardware development and together built the first instrument that could do a dynamic computer driven neurophysiological stress and recovery test in a 15 minute window. Today the NeuroInfiniti2 is the fourth generation of that instrument. Today Chiropractic can not only stand by its effectiveness to improve neurological function, but also has the best equipment available for in office use to test, retrain and verify the improvement in a patient’s neurological function.
Neurologically Based Chiropractic (NBC) represents a return to the original foundations of the profession: The concept that the nervous system is the control system of the body and that any challenge to health starts with a breakdown in the neurological control. There are three primary systems in the body. The Passive System – the bones and joints. They do nothing on their own. They provide the opportunity for movement – structural support and attachment for ligaments and muscles The Active System – the muscles – they provide the movement of joints and limbs, digestive movement, circulation, respiration, waste removal, hormone release etc. Once again they do nothing on their own, with the exception of the heart muscle which beats on its own; however, it needs the nervous system to coordinate the cellular response. The Nervous System – the Control system which compiles and coordinates all the functions of the body, including the passive and active systems. This control includes the ability of the body to defend and heal itself.
NBC is focused on the nervous system as the key to health restoration and peak performance. Any health challenge such as joint dysfunction, immune responses, somatic disorders, chronic illness and/or infections are only an outcome of a neurological imbalance. While other measures may be needed to maintain life, the imbalance within the nervous system must be addressed.
In contrast to the current model of Chiropractic, NBC is not structure based. It is function based. What this means is that the mid model of Chiropractic continues to stress that a misaligned vertebra creates irritation to the spinal nerve root and thereby causes interference to the neurological message and a subsequent breakdown in body function. The entire concept places the spinal vertebra (Passive system) as the primary focus of Chiropractic.
NBC continues to support the original neurological foundations as the causative factor in all health/illness issues. However, the primary focus is on neurological function (Control system) and views the effects of nerve interference on the muscles (Active system) as a secondary response. A less than optimal neurological activity has dramatic effects on the muscle activity and this in turn creates abnormal motion patterns in the joints (Passive system), a tertiary response.
This neurological understanding of Chiropractic is actually much more aligned with the original concepts dating back to the early developers of the profession. Both D. D. Palmer and his son B.J. Palmer taught that the nervous system was the primary concern of Chiropractic. Unfortunately, lesser minds and the promise of two “mirage” rewards change the course of the profession.
1. The desire of Chiropractors to be included in the controlling health model – Medicine, and 2. The inclusion of Chiropractic in insurance programs with the bait of large monetary returns.
Because medicine would not and will not allow an outside profession with fundamental philosophical differences into its playground, Chiropractic had to play the game as dictated by the insurance companies. Unfortunately, the promise of great monetary returns lulled the profession into short-sighted vision. Medicine, with its great political strength, controls the insurance companies so once again we find chiropractic on the outside looking in; only now having sold its soul and restricted its scope of practice to the joint movement (Passive system), the only access left to the Insurance rewards. As Chiropractic continues to lose its fundamental approach (the primacy of the nervous system) it is at risk of falling by the wayside in the health field.
Current scientific research continues to demonstrate the role of the nervous system in all matters of health. Papers on the nervous system and the immune response1; the nervous system and diseases like Psoriasis2; the nervous system and cholesterol 3; Chronic back pain4; the nervous system and diabetes5; the nervous system and inflammation 6 are just a few examples of the new thinking in health.
We have now moved beyond the question of structure or function as the foundation of Chiropractic. We can now demonstrate that indeed Chiropractic is a function-based profession, which we must consider as the new view of the profession. The mid view of Chiropractors as “Spinal Mechanics” must be replaced with the concepts of “Functional Neurologists”.
We are now faced with the challenge of proof. This has been the greatest challenge for the Chiropractic profession from its beginnings. The great news is this – in order to support the neurologically-based Chiropractic approach, we must demonstrate that we change the neurophysiology with the Chiropractic adjustment. Is this possible? – ABSOLUTELY!
We developed the Stress Response Evaluation (SRE) test and report for this exact purpose. We use the research quality instrument produced by Thought Technology (the worldwide leader in the field of Bio/Neurofeedback equipment) and built a software program specifically designed for use in Chiropractic offices. Our program allows the DC to analyze the state of the patient’s nervous system with 2 baselines; a maths challenge; a recovery; an irritating noise challenge and recovery and a breathing exercise plus recovery. This is to be done with each new patient and then as a follow-up at the end of primary care. The neurological focus during the SRE includes brain wave activity, hand temperature, respiration, heart rate, heart rate variability, skin conductance, and muscle tension. The SRE takes 12 – 15 minutes to complete and can be administered to children as young as 4.
Finally, we have acceptable methods of neurophysiological measurements to demonstrate the effectiveness of Chiropractic care to alter body function. We have been waiting for 111 years for this moment.
There is more – we can use the same instrument to augment the power of the adjustment to release the innate ability of the body to heal, with neurological retraining in the form of Bio/Neurofeedback. This includes brain wave training, hand temperature, HRV, respiratory, heart rate, skin conductance, and muscle activity. This retraining ability adds an income center to your clinic as well as providing a truly Neurologically Based Chiropractic Care center.
What “should” happen to your heart rate, your breathing rate and your muscles tension if the fire alarm in your office building went off right now? Now what “should” happen to your heart rate, your breathing rate, your muscle tension if you were lying down in your bed getting ready to take a nap?
We all know the answers to these questions. Your patients even know the answers which is whymaking it about the brain is so easy. The reason I say “should” in the earlier questions is because for most of our patients, their brain and nervous system gets stuck in either sympathetic engagement or parasympathetic engagement due to the patterns they have developed over the course of their life in dealing with stress. This is obviously a problem and according to research is the CAUSE of over 90% of all disease today.
This is why it is so vital to measure the function of the brains of our patients. Not only to determine IF their brain and nervous system is adapting to stress and recovering properly but also to find out where it is stuck leading you to the best care plan possible for each patient based on their brain type.
The Neuroinfiniti is the ONLY instrument on the market today that does this. The test is called the Stress Response Evaluation or SRE and this is what the report can do for your practice, your patients, and your confidence as a chiropractor.
Please first note that the report is quite extensive. In fact so much so it is currently used for research purposes. Most chiropractors however will only need bits and pieces of this information.
The report gives you the objective measurements of 7 different areas of brain and nervous system function both during stress and then also during recovery. These areas include brain wave pattens, an EEG, but also TRUE heart rate variability, heart rate, respiration rate, hand temperature, skin conductance, and sEMG of the trapezius muscles. This is shared in an easy to read chart system that any chiropractor can learn to read in just a matter of a few minutes. In addition a patient portion is available as well. This portion, should you choose to give it to the patient, shares the details of each specific measurement and then also shows them in an easy to read gauge format their Health Resiliency Index (HRI) score for each measurement plus theiroverall score. This allows the patient and the doctor to very easily see where they are as compared to where they should be. This simple gauge format motivates patients to not only accept care to move in the right direction but to continue care once symptoms are gone and to keep a high score once the high score has been reached. It also encourages patients to bring in loved ones to find out their scores.
To learn more about how this amazing instrument and SRE is helping chiropractors all over the world explode their practices and save more lives schedule a FREE discovery call today so we can design a package to best suit you based on your goals and budget.
Are you tired about patients dropping out of care early? Tired of patients only accepting care based on what their insurance will pay? Tired of simply just seeing neck and low back pain patients when you know chiropractic is about so much more? Are you worried about where and when the next new patient will come from or how long they will stay? If so then let me take a couple of minutes to share with you how we are helping docs all over the world change their practices for the better.
The NeuroInfiniti is an absolute state of the art neurophysiological instrument that measures, at the highest level, the brain and nervous system’s ability to adapt to and recover from stress. The term is called Allostasis and it is ultimately the foundation of health.
The reason this is important is because more and more research is leading to more and more experts concluding that over 90% of all disease is caused from chronic stress levels effecting the brain’s ability to adapt to and recover from stress. The public is seeing this everywhere they go. And it is going to become more and more prominent.
With all that going on…wouldn’t it be a no brainer for a practitioner to be able to measure the effects of stress on the brain and nervous system. And wouldn’t it be a no brainer for the public to want to seek help from a practitioner who can not only objectively measure their brain function but then also know how to care for it properly?
In a 12-minute non-invasive, pain free assessment, the specifically designed software program that comes with the NeuroInfiniti will walk your patient through a brain based assessment that will measure, both during stress and recovery, brain waves patterns at the cortex of the brain, an EEG as well as TRUE Heart Rate Variability, Heart Rate, Respiration Rate, Hand Temperature, Skin Conductance (GSR), and sEMG of the trapezius muscles all during stress and recovery.
It will then give you a detailed report that you can use to not only build trust and confidence with your patient so they are more likely to accept care BUT also give YOU the confidence and knowledge to know exactly how to develop a specific detailed care plan for your patient ultimately leading to better patient outcomes. These outcomes, along with the added trust and confidence in you as their provider, then also leads to increased retention, increased referrals and increased case averages just to name a few benefits.
This instrument can then be used to measure progress to keep your patients engaged and active in their care. It can even be involved in some of the care for your patients and add an additional revenue stream by assisting your chiropractic adjustments with amazingly effective biofeedback and neurofeedback sessions as you work towards restoring their brain’s ability to function properly.
We even have packages that include all the training you will need to change the conversation from pain to brain, conduct a brain-based day 1, a brain-based ROF and brain-based education PLUS we teach you how to create care plans and financial packages that get accepted so patients not only follow through with care but are also willing to pay you, even if that means out of their own pockets. You can even use our patient finance partner with a 100% approval rate of up to $20,000 for care at your office, if your patient would like to use it.
No more patients dropping out of care early.
No more patients dropping out of care because their insurance no longer pays.
No more wishing for more referrals.
If you are ready to change your practice for the better contact us today to schedule a FREE introductory call to find out how the NeuroInfiniti can help explode your practice and help you save more lives. We will help design a package to best suit your goals and fit your budget.