At Brilliant Life Chiropractic, the goal of care is always the same: To enhance your body’s ability to perform all of its functions, including healing. The purpose of the adjustment is to reconnect your body to its own innate intelligence by removing interference to the nerve system, the main communication pathway for the body. But why no X-ray?


Many chiropractors will use x-ray as a way of determining how much deterioration has occurred in the spine, and also to try to discover misalignments that may be present. However, x-ray cannot determine where the nerve system is being interfered with. A bone that doesn’t appear to be perfectly in line with its neighbors might be subluxated, that is, it might be impeding communication of the nerves there. Or it might not. X-ray is most effective at finding fracture or other major pathologies.

Subluxation Station

There is another way of assessing the body, a way that uses the latest technology to determine how and where the nerve system is being impacted by the subluxation in the body. X-ray can show us where the bones are. This system, however, allows us to see a more objective measure of the results of interference to the nerve system. That is the system we use in our examinations at Brilliant Life Chiropractic. There are three main technologies that we use.

1. Thermal Scan:

By measuring subtle changes in the temperature of the skin right next to the spine, we can see where there is interference to the autonomic portion of the nerve system. Blood vessels along the spine can dilate to different circumference, allowing for changes in blood flow. When all is functioning well, they should be about the same. When there is interference, then it can make the blood vessels dilate differently, showing up as a difference in temperature across the spine.

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2. Surface EMG

Muscles along the spine are required to maintain a coherent tone in order to maintain the integrity of the spine against gravity. There is a flow to this tone throughout. We use surface EMG to measure the strength of the tone in the muscles. When subluxation is present, the body responds. It produces tension to try to correct the misalignment and the biomechanical distortion that’s occurred.

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3. Heart Rate Variability

This test is a measure of the overall stress on the nerve system. It also measures how well it is adapting to that stress. The heart should have a certain amount of variability in its rhythm. If it drops, that indicates a system that is under stress. Since the heart receives its messages from the body through the nerve system, it can be an indication of nerve system interference on a systemic level. As the body becomes adjusted, the body can adapt more readily to stress. Your body will assume a more optimal heart rate variability.

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These three tests, combined with muscle, motion, and static palpation all help to tell us what is going on in your system. We know how compromised or subluxated it is, and how long it might take to make a change that will result in improving your health. We will help you to both feel and function better.

If in the course of our examination we find something that indicates a possible spinal compromise on a structural level, like a broken bone, then we will of course refer you out to receive an X-ray. But for the most part we find they aren’t necessary for the way we have chosen to practice Chiropractic. Our patients get better without it, and we’d rather avoid unnecessary radiation if at all possible.