Ask Dr. Lask Wellness has some unique equipment that allows us to be cutting edge as far as our ability to accurately diagnose and treat patients with a multitude of musculo-skeletal complaints. In addition to having on-site x-ray and dark room, we have ultra-sound, interferential therapy, intersegmental traction, and the Insight Subluxation Station.
The Insight Subluxation Station allows us to see “inside your nervous system”. We do a series of three non-invasive tests: sEMG, Thermal scan, and Heart Rate Variability. The sEMG measures muscle function- how much stress or tension is being held in the muscles. The Thermal Scan measures autonomic function-how well are the blood vessels responding to vasodialation and vasoconstriction. Heart Rate Variability measures the responsiveness of the heart to autonomic signals from the brain. This test shows the balance in your nervous system and how adaptable it is to stress. We take all three tests and combine them into a computer algorithm to calculate your overall functionality of your nervous system. This measurement is known as the NSFi- Neuro-spinal functional index. It’s a number that allows you to measure how efficiently your nervous system is working. It’s similar to knowing your “cholesterol number”.
Extensive training with the Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA) allows Dr. Lask to stay on top of the latest trends in chiropractic and wellness care. CLA was started by Dr. Patrick Gentempo and Dr. Christopher Kent who are experts in chiropractic neurology. Additionally, Dr. David Fletcher is the premier physician who helps interpret the scans of the Insight Subluxation Station. The overall concern for people is “how adaptable is a person to stress?” Our bodies are constantly being bombarded by physical, chemical, and emotional/psychological stresses. The point isn’t trying to avoid stress in life, but rather to make your system able to adapt to stress. Physiologically, our bodies have a very real response to stress. So by reducing the amount of tension and stress in our nerve system, our bodies will function much better and overall people will be healthier.
The nervous system is the master system of the body that controls the other eleven systems of the body. For example, your immune system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, digestive system, even your skin is a system called the integumentary system- all get their information from the nervous system. Health comes from the inside out, not the outside in-in the form of pills. Chiropractic adjustments release the tension on the system. Your nervous system is like a sponge that absorbs tension and stress. However, just like a sponge, it can only hold so much before it finally can no longer hold more stress and tension and finally breaks down. The tension in the cord is actually held on a ligament called the dentate ligament that helps tether the spinal cord that floats in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). It tethers the cord to the sacrum, occiput, and sphenoid bones in the skull. When this ligament is stressed or holding tension, it affects the wavelength of signals within the body. It’s just like a guitar string that is wound too tight. Therefore the tone on the string is out of “sync”. Just like muscles have tone, so does the nervous system. The nerves can have too much (hypertonic) or too little (hypotonic) tone.
The goal of keeping the spine adjusted is to not only keep the vertebrae in alignment and moving, but also to remove interference from the nerves so they can properly signal information from the brain to all of the cells of the body. These signals travel down the spine and exit out of the body through the openings between each vertebrae. There are twenty four vertebrae in the spine and each one has a corresponding nerve root that controls different parts of the body. Furthermore, these pathways are divided into motor nerves which control muscles, autonomic nerves which control all of the body’s organs, glands, and blood vessels. Finally there are sensory nerves which transmit pain and sensations.
When Motor nerves have interference to the muscle, the muscle will respond by going into spasm and getting inflamed. When Autonomic nerves are interfered with, the organs, glands and blood vessels will have some sort of dysfunction or pathology. The Autonomic system is further divided into Sympatheticand Parasympathetic. The sympathetic nerves cause a “fight or flight” response in our bodies causing among other things- pupil dialation, vasoconstriction of the gut, and vasodialation of the extremeties. This is the excitatory side of the autonomic nervous system. The calming side of the autonomics are the parasympathetics. The parasympathetics cause among other things- pupil constriction, slowing of heart rate, and increased gland function. This system needs a balance between the two systems just like a car needs a gas and a brake to function properly. The more balanced this system, the healthier and more adaptable the individual. The heart rate variability test determines how balanced this system is at any given time. The balance of a person’s autonomic system can be improved with chiropractic manipulation among other things.
We focus on getting people out of pain, stabilizing the spine, and then continuing the progress a person has made with lifetime wellness care. We make this care very affordable and work with each practice member as a coach works with an athlete to maximize performance. At Ask Dr. Lask Wellness, we offer simple answers to complex health issues.