But I certainly thought that having 3 speeds was cool. I was the only kid in the block that had a speeded bike. I thought I was 3 times cooler, or was it groovier, than my friends. Now all these years later I am still dealing with 3 speeds. You may remember that there are 5 components of subluxation; loss of motion, nerve stress, muscle spasm, inflammation/scar tissue, and spinal degeneration. I measure all 5 components at every examination and have found over my 25 years that they generally improve at 3 different speeds, what I like to call fast, slow, and glacial.
The fast ones are the nerve stress and inflammation. So those are the two that we watch most closely during Initial Intensive Care, looking to see them improve by at least 50%. In my experience it takes 50% improvement in these two components to achieve the things that people want when they first walk into my office, relief AND stabilization. They may have relief with less improvement but the symptoms will come back in short order. So, initial intensive care is all about improving the fast components by 50%. The other 50% is accomplished during Reconstructive Care.
The slow ones are range of motion and muscle spasm. They do improve during Initial Intensive Care but since they are slower, they are more important to monitor during Reconstructive Care. Therefore, reconstructive Care is over when the 2 fast components and 2 slow components are as good as we can get them, usually 75-90%.
The glacial component you might think of as your x-rays. If you are in phase 2 of subluxation degeneration it took at least 20 years to get that way, which is glacial in human terms. Therefore, x-ray changes are something that we monitor during ongoing Wellness Care.
So, 5 components, 3 speeds, and 1 sissy. That’s my office in a nutshell.