INSIGHT SCANS - how we measure your health!
While traditional medicine relies primarily on symptoms and looks for obvious pathology on standard exams like blood work, MRIs, and EEGs, our network of trained Pediatric Experience Doctors use an incredible piece of technology called the INSiGHT neuroTECH that accurately assesses the health and function of the Central Nervous System.
Now when we get into things like technology and neurology 🧠, a lot of us can get overwhelmed and confused quite easily, but that’s the true beauty and practicality of our INSiGHT Scanning Technology – it’s super simple and easy to understand.
This article will help you do just that!
WHAT IS THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM?
Put simply, the most important system that determines whether your child (and your entire family) is healthy or not is the Central Nervous System, or just ‘nervous system’ for short. It’s made up of three divisions, Sensory, Autonomic and Motor that work together to coordinate EVERY internal body function with EVERY movement and with EVERY thought, emotion, behavior and cognitive function. It’s ‘Air Traffic Control’ 📡 for the entire human experience!
Dr. Bruce Lipton puts it this way:
“The function of the nervous system is to perceive the environment, and coordinate the function of all other cells.”
That means that while you’ve probably invested quite a bit of time, energy, and resources into trying to get your child’s gut 💩health, immune system, and motor tone (PT, OT, Speech Therapy, etc.) functioning the best you can – your current provider team may have overlooked the one common thread that ties them all together – the nervous system.
When you see the word ‘autonomic’ in this context, it simply means that everything runs on autopilot and happens automatically. You can best think of this in terms of the four (4) things we know healthy babies 👶🏼are supposed to be able to do – eat, sleep, poop, and move.
It’s the autonomic nervous system that controls and coordinates all four (4) of those key health-building functions in your child, and we can measure how well (or not well) the nervous system is doing its job with our simple, safe and reliable INSiGHT Scans!
Basically the examination and assessment process of the 3 different health care approaches breaks down like this:
Traditional Medicine 💊 – chases symptoms and looks for obvious pathology, not function
Movement-Based Therapies (PT, OT, Speech) 🏃 – assess muscular or ‘motor tone’ function through various movement assessment, strength tests, etc.
Pediatric Chiropractic 🧠 – assesses and determines the function of the nervous system
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The nervous system is a two-way street.
One set of nerves are what we call ‘sensory’ nerves 📡 that send information and report back to the brain and brainstem exactly what’s going on inside the body (internal environment) and outside the body (external environment).
The other set of nerves are more of what are termed ‘motor control’ nerves that send signals out from the brain and spinal cord and tell the various parts of the body what to do, when to do it, how to do it, etc.
Because neurological communication within the autonomic nervous system has to do this vitally important job for 37.2 million cells in the human body, things need to happen fast and have absolute clear lines of communication. We were designed to operate at well past 5G long before it was invented, and we certainly can’t have our kids operating at dial-up speeds.
And because a child’s brain (nervous system) doubles in size during its first year of life, and continues growing and developing at that rapid pace for the first 3-7 years of life… making sure this system is working at full function is simply the most important exam and assessment any pediatric provider could ever perform for your child.
So it’s not even close – an INSiGHT Scan that tells you exactly how your child’s brain and nervous system are functioning and communicating is far more valuable than knowing where they sit on the height and weight chart in your pediatrician’s office.
WHAT DO THE INSIGHT SCANS LOOK FOR?
How significant or severe (mild, moderate, severe, or intensive)?
Where within the neurospinal system are things primarily located (tracking, targeting)?
When there is too much tension and stress stuck in one specific area of the neurospinal system, it helps us better understand why certain symptoms and conditions may be present. Additionally, by running the INSiGHT Scans as part of a wellness checkup and before any symptoms may be present, it helps us predict and get ahead of potential trouble later.
Think of the neurospinal system like the fuse box 💥in your home. While our nervous system is quite a bit more intricate and complex than that, at its core many of the sensory and motor nerves function similarly. In our office we use the Neuro Fuse Chart below to help us better track and locate where and what kind of trouble the subluxation and dysautonomia may be causing!
WHAT ARE SUBLUXATION + DYSAUTONOMIA AGAIN?
While you can find more info on subluxation and dysautonomia by clicking on those hyperlinks (if reading this digitally), put simply they cause the nervous system to suffer from three (3) major issues:
Stuck stress, tension, spasm, etc.
Lack of balance (more on this later) and coordination
Disorganization and dysfunction
Some of the signs and symptoms of your child’s nervous system being stressed out, tense, and stuck on sympathetic fight-or-flight mode are things like:
Colic and frequent crying in an infant
Excessive tantrums and meltdowns in a toddler or preschool-aged child
Motor and speech delays
Sensory processing and emotional regulation challenges
ADHD and anxiety type challenges later on in school-aged children and teens
What’s always been fascinating with using INSiGHT Scans in our Pediatric + Family Practice, is that you can see the same stuck subluxation (stress) patterns in infants 👶🏼as you do in older children and even teenagers. While it’s called something different in each age group, the true root cause behind the challenges is nearly the same – a stressed out, wound up, out of balance nervous system.
Sadly most pediatricians dismiss most neurodevelopmental and sensory challenges as “normal” and tell parents still today things like, “don’t worry, they’ll grow out of it.” Well what we now know is that for most kids those symptoms and conditions are obvious signs of trouble brewing in the nervous system, something PX Docs call The Perfect Storm.
Now that we’ve got a good understanding of why the INSiGHT Scans are so important, and what they are looking for… let’s dive into each of the three (3) individual scans!
This is the first scan our office will run, and we can run this scan on everyone from a 1-day old infant to mom and dad in a matter of minutes.
The main thing the NeuroThermal Scans help us find are the regional effects of subluxation and dysautonomia. That means the Neuro Fuse Box Chart discussed and shown above is very helpful in interpreting this scan.
Since the core functions of the autonomic nervous system are to coordinate and regulate the function of the digestive system, immune system, hormones, and so forth… this scan helps us really understand what’s going on in our patients who are struggling with things such as colic, reflux, constipation, chronic ear infections, allergies, adrenal dysfunction, and sleep disorders.
The scan image below is a NeuroThermal Scan of a child struggling with virtually all of those conditions of the neuro-gastric-immune complex, as well as anxiety.
Drs Chris and Cassie will explain each scan finding in more detail, but simply put the three (3) things we don’t like to see in these scans are:
Green, blue, and red bars on the top half NCM graph– this indicates that stuck, tension, and sympathetic dominance component of subluxation
Tons of ‘back and forth’ or ‘tug of war’ type tracking and tracking on the bottom summary graph – this indicates dysautonomia and tension throughout the neurospinal system
The DTG bars along the sides of the summary graph (bottom half) to be inside the black lines and blue – this indicates the subluxation and condition is becoming more chronic
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
While your docs will take you through each scan individually, perhaps the most important aspect of the INSiGHT Scans is being able to put them all together and get a full picture of what’s going on with your child’s nervous system and overall health!
The INSiGHT Scans do exactly what they’re named for – give us insights and an understanding of the most important aspect of your child’s health, in ways that no other health practitioner can.
The nervous system truly is the ‘mom’ of the entire body, keeping everything and everyone on track at all times! And just like quite a few moms, it can get wound up and worn out.
But it truly doesn’t have to be that way! Our docs will put together (or already has) a fully personalized and customized Care Plan just for you. With each and every adjustment during that Restoration or Wellness Care Plan, you’ll see the stuck stress and tension leave your child’s body, and the calm, relaxation, and healing capacity kick back in!
We can’t wait for you to Experience Miracles ✨that only this kind of chiropractic can bring to the table! God bless and be well!
Every Kid Counts,
Drs. Chris & Cassie at CVC!