Measuring vital signs such as temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, weight and respiratory rate are commonly performed at most doctor’s offices. At Crevar Chiropractic, we take these readings one step further by taking them on both sides of the body. This is one of the ways that we can see how the brain is communicating to your body, and if that communication is equal to both sides. If readings vary from side to side, it indicates that the left and right brain are not performing equally. This is extremely important, because unequal brain output can lead to a neurologic disconnect and will manifest itself as some form of body irregularity, such as movement disorders, chronic illness, joint disorders, vertigo, gut dysfunction, mental fogginess, back pain, etc. The different symptoms and disorders are endless. The bottom line is that a balanced brain is crucial to true health and wellness.
To take it a step further, it is important to realize that these readings are a static measurement at the particular time taken. A static measurement in a dynamic world does not give an accurate representation of how the nervous system is responding to everyday events. After all, it is the nervous system that controls all of the vital signs and other measurements, such as cholesterol and glucose levels. It is common to have all of these tests run in a typical doctor’s office, but very few actually measure the system that is controlling the results. This works well when prescriptions are the only treatment given for abnormal results, but does not work well when actually getting to the root of the problem. That problem, of course, is the unbalanced brain sending inappropriate messages to various systems of the body. For example, if the brain is stressed and perceiving danger when there is no real threat, cholesterol levels, glucose levels, heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension and respiration will be heightened. Certain medications may help control those numbers, but the real problem is the nervous system and the body continues to suffer despite “appropriate” lab results.
Part of our exam includes a Stress Response Evaluation which dynamically measures your brain waves and body’s responses to mental challenges and focus exercises. It allows us to see how the nervous system is performing and communicating to all other systems of the body.