Surface Electromyography (sEMG) is a study that picks up subtle electrical activity in the small muscles on opposite sides of the spine (paraspinal muscles). When the muscles send corrupt signals to the brain (due to bony misalignment and chronic muscle imbalance) the brain can only respond in a dysfunctional manner sending improper amounts of nerve flow to the wrong muscles at the wrong times (improper neuromuscular control). This vicious cycle most often continues on undetected because gross body breakdown has not occurred yet. This is a prime example of why these neurological studies are so crucial. These studies can give us an understanding when there are underlying dysfunctional processes going that can be thwarted before the body hits its tipping point and injury or disease occurs.
Above are two examples of the results from before an adjustment sEMG (on left) and an after adjustment sEMG (on right). The degree of dysfunction is represented by color, white is normal muscle tone, green is mild dysfunction, blue is moderate dysfunction, red is severe dysfunction and black is so dysfunctional it’s outside of the machines ability to get a reliable reading. You can see that in this example the severity of the dysfunction lessened to a great degree after the adjustment. These results are consistent with the response we see regularly at PRECISION Upper Cervical Center of NJ.
At PRECISION Upper Cervical Center of NJ we will assess all patients on their first visit, so every patient remembers the condition they entered into our practice in, and we will then periodically re-examen them using these measures to track how their body is regaining function. We know through experience that if we can get their body functioning better that a wide range of health challenges respond positively (see “What conditions respond”).