La Barbera Family Chiropractic, LLC

"Where Precision Matters"

Complete Chiropractic Spinal, Extremity and Cranial Care

Celebrating 36 years -- 1986 to 2022

      2719 Genesee Street       Utica, NY   13501      

  Phone  315-724-0368       Fax   315-724-0374


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DIGITAL Technology  

In order to bring your family the foremost in Chiropractic Care, we employ the use of state-of-the-art technology with our traditional hands on approach to accomplish the most efficient spinal correction.  Chiropractic care has a long history of using instrumentation in the evaluation of nerve function.  Dr. B. J. Palmer devised and used many electro-diagnostic machines in his world renowned clinic located in Davenport , Iowa at the Palmer College of Chiropractic.  Such machines as the neuroencephalomentipograph, as well as cutting edge developments in x-ray which are still used today throughout the entire health profession, catapulted chiropractic into the 21st century long before any other health care system.  Our office utilizes two highly sophisticated diagnostic computerized machines to help in your overall care as well as a high speed state of the are DIGITAL X-Ray system. 

 Infra-Red Thermography

Nervous System

Dermatome ChartThe human body and all of its organs are controlled by the nervous system. These nerves run from the brain, down the spinal column, and innervate various organs throughout the body including the heart, the lungs, and even the skin.

The Skin

Each of the nerves leaving the spinal column innervates specific areas of the skin, thus dividing the body into a patterned form known as dermatomes. There are eight cervical, twelve thoracic, five lumbar, and five sacral dermatomes.


Skin cross section showing capilary bed

The nervous system uses vasoconstriction and vasodilatation of the capillary bed to help regulate body temperature. Irritations cause the skin's natural temperature symmetry to fall out of balance from the left to right side of the spine.

When we administer an adjustment, we are helping to normalize nervous system function and thereby the body will regulate the blood flow to the skin in a uniform manner.  This results in overall better body function and this change is detectible on the Tytron C-3000 system we use in the office.  We are one of only 2 offices in the Mohawk Valley that uses this instrument and also have been extensively trained and certified in using and interpreting the results.


Surface Electromyography sEMG

We employ the MyoVision sEMG as a diagnostic tool because of the company’s dedication to making it the most accurate and reliable system available today.  sEMG is a non-invasive, safe system that tests the electrical activity in muscles to help determine the presence or absence of vertebral subluxations in the spine.  This helps us determine the level of nerve interference produced by the subluxation and also allows us an objective means to know when we have removed or reduced them to the optimum level.  sEMG quantifies the levels of muscle "tension" about the spine. Muscles "tense up" about the spine to "compensate" for subluxations or problems with the spine. The Static Scanning test provides information only about the neutral postures, and is not a dynamic measurement. Note that muscles will not necessarily fire on the same side as the complaint. Since they are compensating for the problem, they may fire on the opposite side, or even in other areas (e.g. neck problems will sometimes appear as high levels of tension in the upper thoracic area above the shoulder blades to the base of the neck).

Computerized Spinal Examination through Surface Electromyography (sEMG) is used to evaluate the relative levels of electrical activity associated with Vertebral Subluxation. By interfering with the communication between the brain and the rest of the body, a Vertebral Subluxation leads to improper electrical impulses which can lead to poor health. The Computerized sEMG Scanning provides qualitative and quantitative data to assist the Chiropractor in determining which areas / levels of the nervous system are being adversely affected by Vertebral Subluxations.


Example of a Normal sEMG exam           Example of an Abnormal sEMG exam  


Dual Inclinometer ROM

This is a highly sophisticated test that accurately and legally measures the Range Of Motion (degree of motion) of the different areas of the spine.  This test is the ONLY AMA approved method of measuring objectively and documenting the loss of motion of the spine from injuries or other spinal abnormalities.  By using two separate detectors simultaneously, the MyoVision system quickly records spinal motion and stores it in our patient database.  



Dynamic Surface Electromyography

This test is used primarily for patients that were involved in an accident of some sort.  It evaluates the function of the muscles while they are contracting and relaxing.  It helps further document the presence of damage from an injury resulting in a vertebral subluxation of the spine.


Digital High Frequency Radiography (X-Ray)

What can we say.  To bring you the best care possible, I have invested in a high frequency x-ray system featuring digital processing.  No film or chemicals are used (better for the environment as well) and images are available almost immediately after taking them (50 seconds).  These images can easily be burned to a CD for viewing by anyone with a PC or can be sent via the Internet to another doctor for review.  We are proud to be the first chiropractic office in all of Central NY and the Mohawk Valley offering this service.


 The Viztek CR Digital Reader                   Images on PC Screen



Digital Computerized Foot Orthotics (Pelvic Stabilizers)

We offer our patients the option of having custom shoe inserts made to not only help the feet, but to also stabilize the ankles, knees, hips and pelvis.  This, therefore, aids in balancing out the spine and improving your overall success with your chiropractic care.  This system allows us to almost instantly send your order to Footlevelers which leads to a quicker turn around time.  Please click the Orthotics button above to learn more.



       The ASSOCIATE PLATINUM 3D digital foot scanner by Foot Levelers                          An example of a digital foot scan showing unequal

                                                                                                                                                        weight distribution one side to the other.


Electronic Variable Frequency Adjusting Units

The newest addition to the office includes two state of the art digital electronic variable frequency adjusters.  These highly precise instruments aid in the spinal corrective process by using digital technology to deliver the exact amount of force required to adjust difficult areas with no discomfort.  This approach is effective for not only spinal complaints, but for extremity, cranial and soft tissue problems as well. This break through technology is especially helpful for the elderly, pediatrics, patients with muscle rigidity, anyone with a lot of pain and for those patients that do not like to hear the "cracking" sound when getting adjusted. 



                                                  The VFAlign Instrument from

                                                        Sigma Instruments



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