A colleague of mine in Colorado uses Xray as an objective indicator in his exams. He sent me this late last year. He and I have a similar approach.
On the left you see the xray of a patient when they were starting care. On the right you see an xray of the same patient after 12 months of care. On the left you’ll see that the patient’s neck is not only straight, the spine has a minor reversed curve. This is not normal structure. In fact, if the patient’s neck was to stay this way quite a few things would develop at an accelerated pace including: arthritis, disc disease, bone spurs, nerve pressure and autonomic dysregulation. That’s just for starters. On the right you see a more normal curvature, one which allows for improved alignment, mobility and healthier joints and a healthier nervous system. Interestingly, an abnormal neck like this might produce symptoms like stiffness, pain, headaches, poor sleep, carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, inability to adapt to stress. And it might not produce any symptoms at all. Furthermore, with these xrays, we’re just looking at one part of the spine; there could be other areas that are contributing to this abnormal curvature of the neck. A full examination helps to determine the extent of Neuro-Structural Distortion and what would be the most appropriate means and length of time to help heal the body. What’s most interesting to me about this case, is that the patient not yet having seen his new xrays of his neck, reported how life changing the care had been; to him that was more impressive than the changes he saw on Xray.