Before and After Findings on Dynamic X-ray

Dynamic X-ray uses advanced techniques and specialized equipment to obtain the most accurate impressions of your spinal alignment.

Dynamic x-rays are taken in a seated position. By putting the patient in a seated position, we engage the spine in a “loaded” position. When we lie down, we take the majority of stress off of our spinal column. When we are standing we experience a moderate amount of stress due to gravity and posture. In a seated position your spine is under the greatest amount of stress. If you want to see where a system breaks down, you must put it under stress!
 
When we are seated we expose weak or injured muscles and ligaments that cannot hold our spinal bones (vertebrae) in proper position (together, erect, and aligned). Seated x-rays highlight these misalignments, allowing for identification and measurement of muscle and ligament injury and impairment. The final step is to analyze the x-ray comparisons of your spine with a bio-mechanically ideal spine.
 
This system allows us to:
  • Specifically measure any misalignments and compare them to optimal spinal alignment examples.
  • Determine if your spine can be corrected under care
  • Prescribe appropriate care plans and assess progress
  • Use x-ray re-examination to show specific percentages of correction. This confirms that our clinical approach is rehabilitating your spine, and that you are getting the results you desire.

In our office we use advanced equipment that greatly reduces radiation exposure. The Dynamic x-ray series includes 7 x-rays and the exposure is equivalent to only 2 hours out in the sun.

One of the most satisfying aspects of our holistic approach is the documentation of your progress. When you have the opportunity to see the progress you have made through x-ray or blood analysis you can be sure that your efforts have produced the results you were looking for.

 
Example Front View Upper Spine: Before & After (12 months of care)

Spine X-Ray Before

In this view the spine should appear straight.  On the Before X-ray (on the left) note the significant amount of misalignment causing the head to sit unevenly on the spine.  The head and neck are not in alignment,  the neck and upper back are not in alignment.  In the After X-ray (on the right) the spinal and postural correction is apparent.

 

Example Lateral Upper Spine: Before & After (6 months of care)

Lateral Upper Spine X-Ray

The before X-ray on the left shows jamming of the skull on top of the spine, note the loss of the forward C shaped curve, and forward head posture which causes compression (stenosis) of the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots.  The after X-ray on the right clearly shows the rehabilitation of the C shaped curve, improved spacing, and head placement.

 

Example Front View Lower Spine: Before & After (6 months of care)

Lower Spine X-Ray

The Before X-ray on the left shows a pelvic tilt and rotation.  Also notice the misalignment of the spine in the low back, and the large amount of bloating and gas in the intestinal tract.  In the after X-ray on the right, note the obvious improved alignment, and marked reduction in intestinal gas.

 

The New Science of Spinal Regeneration
Taken from an article by Dr. Ben Lerner & Dr. Fred Dideminico

Everything from standing upright, to sleeping, to going to the bathroom is under direct control of the spinal column and the nervous system it encases. Yet, not very much medical or media attention is focused on sustaining this all-important area of the human body. As a result of the neglect, abuse and poor focus both the spine and the nervous system receive, most people suffer greatly with the results of deterioration of spinal integrity and nerve root impingement at some point in their lives.

Patients and doctors alike are under the misconception that once a spinal condition exists – including disc and nerve damage – you need surgery or are forced to live with pain, weakness, and organ malfunction for the rest of your life.

However, the truth behind today’s spinal treatments proves that while the spine can degenerate, it can also regenerate! Therefore, conditions once believed to be permanent can actually be not only healed, but reversed.

To receive spinal regeneration, you must go to a Chiropractor trained in this area of spinal care. Similar to the medical field, Chiropractic has also become highly specialized. While the mass majority of Chiropractors today are essentially “general practitioners”, certain doctors of Chiropractic have higher levels of training in neurology and spinal correction as well as pediatrics, pregnancy, nutrition and overall health and wellness.

The Pettibon System is a comprehensive rehabilitation program for the spine's hard and soft tissues. It uses x-rays for diagnosis, assessing progress, and proof of treatment effectiveness (note the restoration of spinal curve in the x-rays below). It tests each patient's ability to respond to care, and trains patients in home care for faster correction, as you can see in the photo of our patient wearing her head, shoulder and hip weight system.