Neuro-Structural Shift Chiropractor, Santa Clara CA
What is a Neuro-Structural Shift?
We have been talking about how Neuro-Structural Shifts may be the underlying cause of your symptoms. But what are they really and how do we identify them?
While no one is structurally perfect, there is a normal range. Consider this. We can understand what a fever is because we know what the normal body temperature range is. There are established “normals” almost everywhere we look, including the gauges and warning indicators on the dashboard of our cars… letting us know when things are abnormal.
The body uses symptoms as warning indicators of a potentially more serious condition. A Neuro-Structural Shift is just such a condition that may be the cause of your symptoms or as we call them secondary conditions. Here at Platinum Chiropractic, we focus on detecting and correcting these shifts so that the body can restore its normal function and heal itself.
We can identify a Neuro-Structural (NS) Shift when either or both of two anatomical components measure outside of their normal range:
- Biomechanical (Structural) component– your spinal vertebrae (the 24 moveable bones and the joints in-between that protect and surround your spinal cord and brain)
- Neurological (Neuro) component – your spinal cord and the delicate nerves (wires that carry vital nutrients, information, and electrical signals throughout your brain and body)
Neuro-Structural Shifts create a fragile foundation that eventually results in Secondary Conditions (symptoms). Remember our analogy considering the spine as the foundation of a building? If the foundation shifts, what would happen to the rest of the building? Cracks in the walls and foundation, and doors and windows that are hard to open?
We could conceal these “symptoms” by continually covering the cracks, putting more screws in the floor, or applying lubrication in the window rails. However, the structure of the building is still in a shifted state and these conditions will continue to occur. . . .again and again.
For example, a Neuro-Structural Shift in your lower back may start to manifest in the form of digestive issues, referred pain to the upper back, excessively frequent visits to the bathroom, etc. But your internal system functions such as your liver have been compromised well before you actually feel these symptoms. The body begins to behave abnormally due to various stressors, repeated misuse and poor biomechanics. Back pain is your warning light.
When Secondary Conditions (symptoms) arise (cracks in the wall, creaky floor — neck pain, digestive complications, migraines), they are usually a sign that a Neuro-Structural Shift has interrupted the signal that travels along the spinal nerves and spinal cord. We identify Neuro-Structural Shifts using the following objective measures:
- Complete Set of Nerve Scans (Including Heart Rate Variability, Surface EMG, and a Thermal Scan)
- Neuro-Structural Functional Spinal Analysis
- Digital Structural Photography
- Orthopedic and Neurological Tests
- X-rays and MRI’s if necessary
There are four signs that are clear indicators of a Neuro-Structural Shift.
- moderate to severe shifting of your structure on a structural photograph,
- moderate to severe nerve pressure on nerve scans,
- decreased spinal normal range of movement & biomechanics in your spine or other joints (movement/motion of the spine),
- and an abnormal spinal alignment on an X-ray and MRI.
Now, when it comes to normal, we’re not expecting anyone to be perfect. However, if your head is displaced 30mm beyond what’s considered acceptable, you have a Neuro-Structural Shift. Because the underlying structure has been shifted (regardless of the reason), this deviation of your skull puts abnormal stress on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal bones, and discs- forcing them to put pressure on your nerves and cause secondary conditions.
The locations of your Neuro-Structural Shifts will be revealed in our Neuro-Structural Examination and will give us an understanding of your Secondary Conditions and what’s happening in your body.
Your overall health has everything to do with your spinal health. Are Neuro-Structural Shifts stopping you from living your life? Let’s schedule a Complimentary Consultation to determine if we can help you get back to doing what you love and living a vibrant, healthy life without chemical medications or permanent surgery.