Founded by Drs. Patrick Gentempo and Christopher Kent, the CLA is dedicated to advancing the study and practice of chiropractic medicine. Its space experimentbased technology is called the Insight Subluxation Station and is a neurospinal screening and evaluation system based on the NASA research conducted by Brody and the SEMG methodology. While many chiropractic groups use SEMG, this is the only system employing the unique NASA technology. In fact, the CLA has even secured exclusive certification for the product with the Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness and advancement of space-related research and exploration. Even more, the technology, available worldwide, is the only chiropractic device of its nature whose applications, protocols, indications, and normative data have all been published in peer-reviewed literature and are taught at certified chiropractic universities and colleges.
In the human body, the central nervous system is composed of three parts: the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves. Stress (whether physical, psychological, or physiological) in any of these areas can affect the others and throw the whole system off, often resulting in back pain. The role of the chiropractor is to repair disruptions to the spine and explain to patients the connections between the parts of nerves and back pain. Toward this end, chiropractors employ a wide variety of diagnostic tests and techniques to examine the spine and nervous system, but finding clear evidence of nerve disruption can, nonetheless, prove difficult.
Chiropractors use their hands, checking the muscles and spinal alignment, and they can take X-rays of vertebrae and analyze spinal degeneration, but it is still difficult to quantify the amount of nerve disruption. Just as important, it is also difficult for chiropractors to check the results of various types of treatment. The Insight Subluxation Station addresses that shortfall.
The Insight Subluxation Station employs a scanning device that measures differences in skin temperature and the sensitivity of paraspinal tissue and assesses range of motion, variations in heart rate, and the amount of tension of paraspinal muscle activity. It then, through unique software, creates visual representations of abnormal nerve functions.
These visual representations allow chiropractors, for the first time, to be able to actually see disruptions in nerve functioning. The color-coded graphs allow chiropractors to determine what methods of care will be best to pursue, and also allow caregivers to follow-up by assessing the effectiveness of the chosen treatment. Furthermore, the computer-generated charts show patients exactly where the nerve dysfunction exists, which helps the patient understand the reasoning behind different treatment methods.
A chart also helps with patient retention. Since the report usually validates the patient's concerns, he or she is more likely to feel assured that the treatment is based on something other than manual poking and prodding, and upon return, knows that a visual report of progress will be received.
The system, which has settings that allow it to be used on infants, children, and adults, is readily compatible with most chiropractic offices and cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It uses a standard electrical power source and features USB communication technology to allow it to interface quickly and effectively with other devices. The software is compliant with Federal standards set by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), an initiative to regulate and standardize electronic health care information exchange.
The CLA has created a 4-day training program for chiropractors who purchase the Insight scanning device. What Gentempo refers to as a sort of "boot camp" for chiropractors, the training session, called the Total Solutions package, teaches chiropractors not only how to use the device, but how to get the most out of their chiropractic practices.