Do you suffer from chronic muscle tension? Many people deal with this everyday because of the demands of their job or daily routine. Whether it’s from sitting at a computer all day at work or lifting and moving heavy objects, the muscles can begin to fatigue or become hyperactive. Most people just deal with the stiffness or pain that this causes, but what’s really concerning is that the muscle tension is actually an indicator that a more serious problem with the spine is present.

Muscles that are in spasm or are experiencing higher or lower levels of tension than normal…


The nervous system controls all functions in the body. As nerves exit the spinal cord they branch out to all of the muscles and organs in the body and control every movement and organ function.

The human nervous system is a complex network of nerves that sends signals to every area of the body and controls every function within the body. It’s basically a highway system for the brain to send and receive messages and commands. The nervous system is made up of two primary parts. The central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system is all of the peripheral nerves that branch out from the spinal cord.

The nervous system is extremely fragile and needs the skull and spine to protect it’s most important parts…


Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a breakthrough development in healthcare. While it’s been around for more than 40 years, it has only recently become more commonly used by healthcare professionals as newer research has proven its beneficial uses. The FDA first approved PEMF therapy in 1979 for the healing of non-union fractures. More recently it has also been approved for the treatment of depression, anxiety, urinary incontinence, muscle stimulation and even cancer, as the FDA approved it for brain cancer in 2011.

PEMF therapy works by stimulating the magnetic fields within the body. All of the cells in the…


It’s fantastic to see how the chiropractic profession as a whole has grown since it first began over 120 years ago. Now more than ever before, people have access to chiropractic care from a highly qualified licensed doctor and they don’t have to go far from home to find it.

On my drive to work in the morning I pass 5 other chiropractic offices on the way to my own office. With so many skilled doctors to choose from in any given community, it can be a tough decision on which doctor to trust with your health.

For many people…


Bone conducting headphones are an essential tool for tone burst vestibular stimulation.

People with balance impairments can be treated by stimulating the vestibular system using sound input to the inner ear structures to help re-wire the vestibular system. Using bone conducting headphones like the ones pictured above, a clinician can effectively improve the function of a person’s vestibular system and improve any balance impairments that person may be experiencing.


A person’s ability to balance can be impaired by conditions such as vestibular problems, cerebellar problems and Multiple Sclerosis. Through neuromodulation treatment the central nervous system can be stimulated to properly restore function and improve balance. Two non-invasive ways this can be achieved include galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) and tone burst vestibular stimulation. For this article we’ll be taking a look at GVS specifically.

GVS has been used for over a century as a means to discover and then look at the function of the vestibular system. The reaction of the vestibular system to a galvanic stimulus was first described…


The stellate ganglion can be seen at the level of C6/C7 on the left hand side of the image.

The stellate ganglion is a collection of sympathetic nerves in the anterior of the lower cervical spine. They supply the face and arms but are not associated with feeling or movement. However, after a trauma or infection, these nerves can become sensitized and cause pain. A normal invasive treatment would be an injection into the site of the ganglion with anesthetic to block the painful stimulus. This can be done for a few additional reasons other than to diminish pain in the face or upper extremities. …


In a study published in 2018, researchers examined the differences in a combined medical and chiropractic approach to treating back pain versus that of solely receiving medical care by itself. The study was performed using active duty US service members and included 750 participants aged 18 to 50 years and experiencing low back pain of a musculoskeletal source.

The study found a significant benefit to seeking both medical and chiropractic care in tandem to get the most optimal improvement in the condition. There was a moderate short-term improvement in low back pain intensity and disability, as well as perceived improvement…


The vagal nerve can be stimulated from the surface of the skin using an electrical device similar to a TENS unit often used to treat muscle of soft tissue injuries. While a TENS unit uses a pulsed amplitude of 5–80mA, transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation opperates at a constant 1–2mA.

How does this electrotherapeutic modality (HVG= high voltage Galvanic) differ from others? HVG utilizes high voltage and direct current (DC), thus differentiating this device from transcutatneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and neuromuscular (NMES), which uses a low voltage and alternating current (AC). …


“The nervous system controls and coordinates all of the organs and structures of the human body.” -Grays Anatomy, pg. 4

Neuromodulation is the use of some means of altering the function of the nervous system to restore body functions to areas that aren’t operating properly. A classic example within the medical device realm would be the pacemaker used to regulate cardiac rhythm and function. Another would be deep brain stimulation for conditions like Parkinson's disease. …

Dr. Sean Peters, D.C.

Doctor of Chiropractic at Auslander Health Solutions in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA

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