Videofluoroscopy and the Pierce Results Diagnostic Method
Videofluoroscopy, or low-level video x-ray is one of the tools that Victoria chiropractor Dr. Mark Smith uses to diagnose and treat spinal issues and give our clinic a technological edge. Check out the videos below to see video xrays of some of Dr. Mark Smith’s actual patients that were used to diagnose and treat neck pain, restricted neck movement, lower back pain, sciatica, and leg pain. All the video x-rays were posted here with the kind permission of the patients.
Video of a patient of Victoria chiropractor Dr. Mark Smith getting video xray (videofluoroscopy) of the neck (cervical spine) to help diagnose spinal issues
A videofluoroscopy (video x-ray) side view of the neck (cervical spine) while bending the head forward and back to assist with diagnosis of neck movement in the office of Victoria chiropractor Dr. Mark Smith
A front-to-back, straight-on videofluoroscopy (video x-ray) view of the neck (cervical spine) while the head turns from side to side. This assists Victoria chiropractor Dr. Mark Smith in diagnosing spinal issues
A front-to-back, straight-on videofluoroscopy (video x-ray) view of the lower back (lumbar spine) while bending from side to side. Video x-ray assists Victoria chiropractor Dr. Mark Smith in diagnosing lower spinal issues
This tool allows us to track your progress by monitoring how well your nerve system is reacting to care every visit by measuring heat from the skin.
Body temperature is controlled by the nerve system, and on a healthy person’s back, the temperature of the skin should be the same from top to bottom and from side to side.
When spinal problems exist, this causes irritation to the nerves controlling skin temperature and decreases the body’s ability to regulate temperature (as with the picture on the left).
When the correct chiropractic adjustment is given to remove irritation from the nerve system, the body is able to function better- as shown in the picture on the right.
That’s why every visit we will scan the skin of your back before your adjustment so that the doctor knows exactly where, and when to adjust.
Chiropractic Adjusting tables
In an effort to make your adjustment as comfortable as possible, we use tables that have sections that move to cushion your body weight during the adjustment. This helps to deliver the correct amount of force needed without the ‘twisting and cracking’ type of adjustment that people sometimes find uncomfortable.
These tables can also move up and down for those who are in pain or have difficulty getting on the table and can accommodate children and pregnant patients.
Electronic instrument adjusting tool
The doctor will often use this hand-held tool which is programmable and allows for a certain force and frequency to be applied to the spine in a ‘tapping’ fashion.
Legacy 500 Intersegmental Traction Massage Table
At no extra charge, we encourage clients to rest on our electronic massage table for approximately 10 minutes after their adjustments.
Adjustable pressure rollers and vibration will gently massage your back following your adjustment. This will help our clients get more out of their care by:
- Allowing time to rest and let the chiropractic adjustment to ‘settle in’ after treatment
- Relaxing tense, sore muscles
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Improving circulation
- Improving our clients’ experience and helping them leave feeling great!