In the exam room, called Innate, you will see the cane that Jerry used to use to get around. He had literally racked up his body working in the body shop industry on the alignment rack, having fallen off of it. Add to this plenty of dirt-bike falls and you had a spine that couldn’t support its own body. He gave me the cane not long after he began care when he no longer needed it.
In the front room you will find an empty bottle of antibiotics next to the tale of Andrew, the 8 month old whose chronic ear infections were conquered by chiropractic.
Then there is the asthmatic 2 year olds story in the computer room that was life changing for her. No more inhalers or hospital ER visits.
My favorite story is in Palmer, the story of Yolanda and her daughter. Yolie had headaches 24/7 and she later confessed that without chiropractic care to control her headaches, she would not have been physically able to adopt her drug addicted niece’s baby. This baby, born addicted to drugs, is now quite normal and academically advanced thanks to the love of a mommy and daddy that might not have been.
But the real reason for this article are the case studies on the next page. There are three. Each of these is formatted the same. I have scanned in a portion of the patient’s exam results showing the date of the exam and the TOTAL SUBLUXATION VALUE (TSV). For example the top case study has a TSV of 108 on 10/21/05. This number is the sum of the two smaller numbers at the top of the exam in the little rectangle, 62 and 46. The 62 is the NERVE STRESS VALUE (NSV) or the sum of the little numbers on the left and right of the spine. The 46 is the INFLAMMATION VALUE (IV) or the sum of the numbers in the little spinal boxes. Remember that the little numbers vary from 1-4. 1 is tender. 2 is ouch. 3 hurts so bad that I can tell it hurts without the patient saying anything, and most 4’s are in too much pain to get to my office in the first place.
And also remember that the goal of Intensive Care is to reduce both the NERVE STRESS VALUE and INFLAMMATION VALUE by 50%. So over time we see the reduction in the TSV as the patient progressed through Intensive Care to Reconstructive Care and then to Wellness Care when maximum correction had been achieved. The first case saw a TSV go from 108 to 4 taking just over 8 months. The second case took 15 months to progress from 148 to just 12! And the last case went from a TSV of 135 to 16 in a year! These are not exceptional cases. They are very typical in time and results.
But a finer look at case 3 shows that she discontinued adjustments for exactly 9 months. The proof that subluxation is progressive and degenerative is that her TSV increased from 16 back to 81 over those 9 months, necessitating a short Intensive Care to regain control of the subluxation from the effects of time, gravity, and life.
So from these cases you can see that the goal of Intensive Care is to reduce the NSV and IV by 50%. Once this is accomplished the goal of Reconstructive Care is to reduce the TSV by the maximum possible, usually to around 5-10. And the goal of Wellness Care is to keep the subluxation from returning. Each phase is necessary to complete correction/control of subluxation.
Some patients go through this process only one time. They learn it once and stick to it. Patient 3 will take at least twice through to learn. But this is why we teach what we teach and offer the programs we do. This is why our office is unique. I hope you share this information with a friend.