Myovision

Myovision Computerised Spinal Technology

A Myovision examination detects and pinpoints abnormal nervous system and muscle function that is not seen on X-rays or MRI scans. It helps us to locate areas of spinal nerve dysfunction.

As you can see from the images above, the scan on the left shows the areas of the spine with high readings of abnormal nerve and muscle functions in red, whilst the scan on the right shows how this has been improved and virtually back to normal (green and purple).

Myovsion is one of the most advanced pieces of technology available to help the osteopath understand how well your body’s nervous system is functioning. It is totally pain free and non-intrusive, requiring the positioning of electrodes on your neck and back, which are linked to the computer.

It takes between 10 and 15 minutes to perform all the tests required and the results are instantly available.

The MyoVision 3G Wirefree ™ System, designed by NASA Expert, David Marcarian, MA a has now been honored by the American Medical Association for Development of the most “advanced system for evaluating the spine” in history. We are proud to be the first Osteopathic Clinic in the UK to be using space technology to provide computerised spinal examinations, so we can take the mystery out of neck and back pain. Since osteopaths work on your spine, it is difficult for patients to see what the osteopath finds. This is what makes the MyoVision so valuable. You can actually see your spinal problems and how it affects your entire body. This technology was developed for use by NASA to measure the effects of zero gravity and fatigue on their astronauts.

General Questions about Myovision

As with all technology that is different, there are many questions that you may have regarding this treatment. We have tried to answer the most common below:

Does it hurt?

Not at all. Unlike X-rays it’s totally non-invasive and does not cause pain or irritation. We don’t put anything into your body, we just measure what comes out. This makes it totally safe for infants, children, pregnant women or the elderly. It simply requires the placement of small probes against the skin. Our office uses the newest sEMG device, which is wirefree and can scan a full spine in less than 60 seconds.

Why is muscle activity important?

Muscles have a tendency to tense in response to spinal misalignments known as spinal lesions. These spinal lesions create nerve interference which may affect muscles, blood vessels and internal organs as well as joint degeneration.

 

Using Myovision, patients can be provided more than just an opinion and can see the results of long term care.

What do the results mean?

Colours indicate levels of tension: average are green, pink are moderately high, and red are high levels of tension. Yellow readings indicate abnormally low or fatigued muscles. Arrows indicate imbalance.

How does osteopathy affect my sEMG?

Osteopathic adjustment has many positive benefits to your nervous system. In most cases, the sEMG normalises and balances.

What are these tests?

The 3 tests we use are:

 

1. sEMG (wireless) - which measures the function of your nervous system that controls your muscles.

 

2.Thermography (wireless) - which measures the function of your nervous system that controls your blood vessels, glands and organs.

 

3.Dual Inclinometer (wireless) - which is the most up to date and scientifically accurate tool to measure spinal range of motion for assessing function of your spinal column.

 


1. Surface Electromyography (sEMG)
This test measures the amount of muscle activity (or inactivity) in the muscles surrounding the spine. It is similar in function to an ECG which measures heart muscle activity. Under normal conditions our spinal muscles should be balanced and free from tension. However, when someone is suffering from spinal misalignments, muscles become unbalanced and tense. The sEMG will measure these patterns, graphing areas of abnormally high or low contraction as well as pointing out areas of imbalance. Because the device is capable of measuring minute microvolt changes, its sensitivity allows us to not only target painful areas but detect areas of concern before the pain starts (similar to dentistry). These abnormal patterns in muscle activity can lead to early joint degeneration, nerve interference and disturb our overall wellbeing.

 

Once the scan is complete the computer displays the data in a graphical format that is easy to understand for the patient. We use the scan in conjunction with other tests to enable us to provide a more efficient evaluation of your spinal health and return the spine and surrounding muscles to proper health; it allows us to correctly outline a customised treatment plan just for you. More importantly, the osteopath performs an updated scan after the completion of the initial phase of treatment in order to analyse how your care has progressed and how the next phase of treatment goals should be tailored to correctly rehabilitate the spine, The 3G MyoVision is the absolute latest diagnostic tool and provides the highest technology available today for osteopathic spinal analysis.

 

2. Thermography
The thermal scan is used to assess the part of your nervous system that helps to control your organs, glands and blood vessels, the autonomic nervous system. It measures the temperature on one side of the spine and compares it to the other side of the spine. Since blood flow is controlled by our nervous system, unequal temperature indicates that there is a problem with the nervous system at that particular level.

 

The Myovision thermal scan will be performed at your initial visit and at specific intervals during the course of your care to evaluate and monitor the functioning of your nervous system.

 

Skin temperature should be relatively even from left to right sides (within 0 - 0.3 degrees Celsius). If there is a large difference in skin temperature, this means that there is more blood flowing to one side. This nerve interference demonstrates that the body is functioning in a poor and unhealthy state.

 

When misalignments or fixations occur in the spine, the resulting nerve irritation will be mediated through the sympathetic nervous system (among other negative effects on optimum global body function).

 

Over time, the powerful neurological effect of osteopathic adjustments may help reduce nerve interference and improve physiological functioning.

 

Ironically, as high-tech as this process is, its origins stem all the way back to the doctoring of Hippocrates, when he would smear mud on his patients’ backs and observe the patterns in which it dried.

 

3. Dual Wireless Inclinometer

 

This measures spinal motion and flexibility. Prolonged abnormal movement and restriction in spinal joints can cause pain and increases the risk of wear & tear. Even in the early stages of spinal restriction, the lack of movement can interfere with the very structure the spine is meant to protect - the nervous system. Dual Inclinometry offers accurate, reproducible analysis of the motion of your spine in the neck and low back and meets the strict requirements of the AMA's Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (American Medical Association).

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