MyoVision is a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool used in many chiropractic offices today. We use a combination of three different components of the MyoVision, depending on the need as determined through case history and physical examination.
sEMG (surface electromyography) uses computer scanning technology to measure muscle tension. As a muscle contracts, it gives off an electrical signal. We use the MyoVision to measure this signal and graph it in an easy to understand, meaningful way. This is part of most initial examinations in our office. We want to know what the muscles are doing and how it relates to the symptoms you currently have. Often times we can detect areas of high muscle tension and correct them before they become symptomatic. This examination is very quick to perform, making it an easy way to periodically track your progress over time so that you can visually see how your muscles are responding to your treatments.
With MyoVision we can track progress over time with treatment.
Range of Motion
The MyoVision can also be used for computer measured range of motion. This gives as very accurate measurement of how much motion you have in different regions of your spine. By tracking improvements in your ranges of motion, we can show you how your mobility and function are improving with care. This is especially important if you have suffered some sort of injury; because we need to be sure you get your full range of motion restored as you recover.
Where static eEMG measures muscle function at one brief moment in time, dynamic sEMG measures muscle function over a period of time with motion. It’s kind of like comparing the difference between a photograph and a movie. We can gather a lot of information about how the muscles are functioning, including their firing order and if there is muscle spasm present. Because this test takes longer to perform and needs a lot more interpreting of the data, it is generally used most with auto injury claims to help document the presence of soft tissue damage. It can, however, be used for a variety of applications and patient types when appropriate.