Many people have concerns about visiting a chiropractic office and the potential exposure to ionizing radiation through spinal x-rays. People are concerned with the cumulative effects of the radiation, particularly after the media and TV icons discuss it.
The use of x-ray, even in chiropractic, is mixed. Some use it to rule out conditions, like fractures, arthritis, and cancer, while others do not use it at all. We’re not here to argue the pros and cons of x-ray use. That is not our purpose here to day.
When it comes to Neuro-Structural Chiropractic and examining the mechanics of the spine, we at Keystone Chiropractic use precise Digital Structural Radiography. These allows us to capture specific images which help identify the specific structural shifts that may exist in your spine. These structural shifts can create significant problems, even with very small shifts; down to 1mm. A small displacement of the spine can affect the brain stem, spinal cord, and the nerves that branch from there. It obstructs the nervous system from properly communicating with, and controlling the body. The longer a structural shift persists, the greater the chance that secondary conditions begin to appear.
As Neuro-Structural Chiropractors who focus on restoring your spine toward its normal position, performing an adjustment without the use of x-rays is the same as guessing. The difference between relief from debilitating migraine headaches for the first time in months, or continuing to battle daily migraines can come down to very small shifts in structure.
What many people don’t understand is that Digital Structural Radiographs will expose you to LESS radiation that dental x-rays and CT scans. You are even exposed to more ionizing radiation if you fly across the country, from California to New York.
We would all agree that having a sound foundation of your house is important. And, it is important that the foundation of your body, your SPINE, is sound as well. Would you want someone working on your house without first taking precise measurements? While Neuro-Structural Correction certainly isn’t for everyone, the unique radiographs used in the office help us provide the highest quality of care we can, so YOU can protect your health.