Chiropractors now have access to myriad advanced testing options. MRIs, diagnostic ultrasounds, and CT scans help confirm diagnoses like disc lesions, stenosis, and tears of a labrum or meniscus. These structural pathologies, however, are often signs rather than causes of the patient’s underlying problem. Structural diagnoses are frequently the result of longstanding functional deficits that generate pathoanatomic changes and, eventually, symptoms. Diagnosing underlying functional deficiencies does not require any specialized equipment other than a keen sense of observation.
Clinical Concerns Many neurological disorders are caused by poorly functioning brainwave patterns. Extensive research has demonstrated specific abnormal patterns associated with ADHD, insomnia, anxiety, depression, autism, memory issues, concussion, stroke, traumatic brain injury, and many others. Neurofeedback provides a natural method of correcting these abnormal patterns and eliminating the symptoms associated with these disorders. It is a proven and effective alternative to many of the dangerous medications that are prescribed for these conditions.
Case Study Patient Jane Doe, age 42, entered the practice as an established patient who had not been seen for nine months. Her new presentation of neck pain and headaches represented a different condition than her previously encountered low-back pain. She was seen for approximately three visits involving spinal adjustments and electrical muscle stimulation, including some deep-tissue techniques. She had some minor, temporary relief, but the condition was still significantly present on that third visit.
Feature The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that the number of people afflicted by non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases is increasing over time. In fact, worldwide, conditions such as these now cause approximately 40 million of the some 55 million total deaths recorded each year. What’s perhaps most startling is that the WHO also notes that 80 percent of some of these major health conditions can actually be prevented. This means that as many as 32 million people could potentially have lived to see another day.