Using an MRI or Myelogram to Coordinate Traction

Even if you’ve visited a chiropractor before, when you visit Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, Idaho, it’s going to feel like a brand new experience. We approach adjustments from a Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP) standpoint, which means a comprehensive assessment of your spinal health is made before any adjustments take place. It all starts with radiological imaging.

For many people seeking relief from chronic pain and other spine-related conditions, having an X-ray, MRI, or myelogram done is nothing new. But for a chiropractor utilizing the CBP approach, this imaging is a critical first step down the path to proper posture and spinal wellness.

Radiological imaging provides a physical picture of a person’s spine, which means a chiropractor can know precisely what vertebrae are out of alignment, how far out of alignment it is, and what steps need to be taken to finesse everything back into place. It just takes a thorough approach to interpreting the images.

Drawing lines and mapping treatment

With a radiological image in hand, a cervical template can be used to quantify and map the curvature of the spine. This process involves placing the template atop the image, to draw lines signifying “normal” spinal posture, versus what’s displayed on the film.

Often, these lines won’t match up with specific vertebrae as they should, which alerts a chiropractor to misalignment. For example, the curve from the C1 to T1 vertebrae is considered to be 63 degrees when normal. If the lines drawn with a cervical template don’t match this curvature, a chiropractor can begin to explore different levels of traction and adjustment that might be required to slowly restore the ideal curvature.

Data-driven treatment

When spinal misalignment is diagnosed via a person’s films and properly mapped with a cervical template, a truly powerful dataset becomes available to chiropractors. In juxtaposing “normal” with “actual,” a chiropractor can measure the degree of the misalignment and begin mapping a treatment course that corrects the offset gently and sustainably.

For example, let’s say that a person’s X-rays show a 10-degree variation from ideal spinal posture across the five lumbar vertebrae. A chiropractor can estimate a treatment plan involving targeted traction of the affected area over a span of 30 visits, with the expectation of affecting 10-degrees of restorative movement in that time. Using the CBP approach, a chiropractor can calculate the required intensity and angle of traction required during each visit to achieve the desired shift.

This example, and the many real applications like it, showcase the fundamental importance of having data at the outset of treatment. Knowing the current situation, understanding the goal, and being able to calculate each step needed to get from here to there incrementally can be the difference between sustained spinal health and temporary relief that requires even more ongoing care.

If you’re seeking chiropractic care that can be quantified and results that can be truly measured, it’s time to consider making an appointment with Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, Idaho. Using CBP, we’ll work to shed light on the right path to spinal wellness.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.