Due to the high precision of EPIC, the expectations have risen from ordinary adjustments to sustainable corrections. Accurate correction of the Upper Cervical spine normalizes postural reflex loops, which allow the body to permanently stabilize spinal structures, often without the need for specific exercises or physical therapy modalities. Many EPIC patients have shown marked reduction in thoracolumbar scoliosis curves, and mid and low back pain conditions consistently respond favorably as a byproduct of this Upper Cervical correction.
EPIC practitioners determine misalignment of the Upper Cervical spine using specific x-rays that produce a three-dimensional view of the cervical spine, and using digital software, are able to measure the position of the Upper Cervical structures down to 1/100th of a degree. Trained EPIC doctors utilize clinical procedures that promote the highest degree of intra and inter examiner reliability.
The EPIC procedure uses a percussive sound wave to correct the Upper Cervical misalignment complex. The low force of this technique allows wider patient populations (such as those with osteoporosis, certain types of disc injuries, surgical fusions, etc) to be candidates for this treatment. Most patients are relieved to hear that there is no popping or twisting involved. It is also important to note that the correction takes place within the patient’s normal range of motion, which eliminates the potential risk of ligamentous trauma.
The Epic adjusting instrument not only delivers a consistent force, but can be accurately pre-set to deliver a patient-specific correction vector, eliminating as much doctor error as possible. This procedure dramatically reduces the learning curve, and allows doctors to deliver high quality and repeatable corrections, very early in their clinical career.
Eugene T. Patronis, Jr., Ph.D., professor at the School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology describes the operation of the Adjusting Instrument as follows:
“A mechanical impulse is imparted to the metal stylus by means of a spring loaded plunger. The strength of this impulse is determined by the initial degree of compression given to the plunger spring. The impulse imparted to the stylus by the plunger excites a compressional wave in the stylus. The velocity of this wave in the stylus material is determined by the square root of the ratio of the Young’s modulus to the density of the stylus material. At the patient-stylus interface, dependent on the impedance match, a portion of this wave energy is transmitted into the patient and a portion is reflected back to the plunger.”