When Dr. Stephen Ball opened his chiropractic clinic 22 years ago, calling the party hat the primary diagnostic tool for measuring freedom of movement.
“It would be placed on my patient’s head and would provide a measure of the range of motion of the neck,” he says. “Now we have much more sophisticated computational diagnostic tools that add a real number to the diagnosis and help patients identify the real numbers associated with their results.”
Your first visit to the Ball Chiropractic Center will likely not try on the party hat, but you will get a better picture of your general health. For example, the surface EMG test uses two painless probes to measure how hard your muscles are working. Muscle spasms are a common response to problems related to the spine.
“It is useful to demonstrate to patients how it works by measuring muscle activity while making a fist. You will see the line go up and down again on the screen. Then we measure the muscles on the spine where they are in pain and they say, “Geez, look at all those big red lines,” says Ball. “We’ll go back to the test after treatment and you can see that the lines along with their symptoms have calmed down. ”
The latest technology and now the standard of care
Before Ball got his doctorate in chiropractic, he worked as an assistant in physiotherapy. When he injured his back and helped stroke patients with rehabilitation, treatment by a chiropractor not only healed his spine but also triggered a career change.
“If you have a spine, someone should check it out,” he says, not kidding. “I have the most fun when someone comes in and says,” I’m not hurt right now, but I want to make sure I’m always up to date. “
He’s also fun when someone who is skeptical of chiropractic is quickly moved from discomfort to relief and their worldview changes.
“Much of the diagnostic advances have been driven by the insurance industry, which wants objective results and objective improvement, but also helps my patients see their progress,” says Ball. “This allows me to spend more time connecting with patients and them to treat.”
Thanks to his background in physiotherapy, Ball’s practice includes many therapeutic exercises as well as manipulation of the musculoskeletal system.
“My patients get homework and I expect them to keep up with it!” He says although he is equally willing to do his own homework to provide lawyers and insurance specialists with the specific data to aid in treating his patients.
Motorcycle accident? Chronic headache? Neck or back pain? General Health and Wellness? Find the Ball Chiropractic Center at 1717 S 324th St. B on Federal Way. Request an appointment online at ballchiropracticcenter.com or call 253-838-6909.