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How Getting "Scanned" Changed My Life

How my scans changed my life… I totally realize that is a bold statement. I have been on a real healing journey for some time now and I

Dr. Anna Anderson

Dr. Anna Anderson

have been searching for the right way to share it with you. So, this feels like an appropriate place to start…

I have been getting adjusted since I was 12 years old. I was never very consistent and was never taught how chiropractic could help more than my neck and back pain. I struggled with different issues growing up; ear infections, stomach issues, difficulty focusing in school… etc.

These issues were some of the big catalysts that sent me on a path to discover that there had to be a different answer besides taking pills for the rest of my life. I started with learning about nutrition, then about being active and finally ended up enrolling in chiropractic school.

When I started chiropractic school, one of our professors strongly encouraged that we shadow as many different practices as we could throughout school. This turned out to be one of the best pieces of advice I received. In 2017 I discovered Dr. Tye Moe, a chiropractor in St. Paul (Whole Family Chiropractic) who changed how I viewed chiropractic and health in general.

Dr. Monica shadowed at Whole Family and raved about Dr. Tye and his team so I went and checked them out as well. When I did, they offered to “scan” me the same day. I had never been scanned before and was really excited to see what I could learn.

These scans are made up of 3 different devices – the Pulse Wave Profile Scan (also known as the Heart Rate Variability), Thermal Scan and Surface EMG scan. Each one collects different information about different parts of your nervous system and how it is functioning.

I got my scans done and returned to the office a few days later to see my results. During this time of my life, I would have told you that I was the healthiest I’d ever been in my life and one of the healthiest people I knew. I was working out 5-6 days a week, eating an incredibly strict and “clean” diet, I was taking supplements regularly, and I was getting adjusted by chiropractors at my internships. I was “doing it all!”

So naturally I was anticipating that my scans were going to reflect all of my hard work…

I was right! They definitely did… but not in the way I had hoped. All three of scans are incredibly powerful, but the one that hit home the most for me was the Pulse Wave Profile (aka Heart Rate Variability or HRV)

Here is an image of my scan:

First HRV

Dr. Anna’s Pulse Wave Profile from June 2017

In this scan the goal is to be up in the green box and centered on the black line. The little blue box circled with pen represents where I plotted. You can see I am all the way over on the left side in the red/orange zone. Sorry for the poor photo quality, I have been hanging on to this piece of paper for 2 years!


Based on the chart above you can see that I ended up in the “uptight” quadrant. From all of those things I told you I was vigilantly doing to make sure I was staying healthy, I ended up being off the charts in the highly stressed zone.

This was a MAJOR eye opener for me! Especially because no one had EVER told me to slow down! I was always praised for being so healthy and being dedicated to my workouts. I never once thought that I could be making myself less healthy by trying to be so healthy…

Here’s another confession for you. All of these realizations didn’t come to me right away. The chiropractor at Whole Family Chiropractic redoes the scans every 12 adjustments, just like we do at Revival. It took me not one, not two, but three sets of scans where I plotted in the exact same place before I could understand that this was something I could not ignore.

Getting adjusted helped my body have more resilience and helped me tremendously. However, in order to see the improvement I desired, I needed to change my mindset. I learned that I needed to be kinder to my body and take actual rest days. I began meditating, going for more walks and spending more time in silence (no music in the car, no TV on constantly in the background). I began to really look inward at what my body needed rather than constantly pushing and punishing myself. I learned to focus on my physical, environmental and mental health.

When I began to do this, my adjustments began having a greater affect. I started feeling better faster, I could actually get a good night sleep. I felt like I could think clearer and was less forgetful. You know that feeling you get when you’re running around the house trying to accomplish 5 things at once and you go into the kitchen and completely forget why you went in there in the first place? That stopped happening to me when I started focusing on my nervous system!

 Am I perfect now? No way.

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Dr. Anna’s Pulse Wave Profile from January 2019.

This is my current scan. This is a major improvement… I am SO close to being balanced on that black line! and I am slowly making my way into that green box.

You may wonder how on earth I could be a neurological chiropractor and not have perfect scans. As we tell all of our patients in the office, healing is a journey! The stresses of life are unavoidable and like everyone, I experience them every day. What has really changed is how efficiently my body can handle them (thanks to getting adjusted) and my mindset around the stress.

With the incredible information our scans provide, I know with confidence how well my body is adapting to my stress level and adjust accordingly. Knowing where I was 2 years ago and being able to keep track for the past 2 years has changed how I live life on a day to day basis.

If my story resonates with you at all, I hope this gives you hope that there are other really amazing options out there for you. I encourage you to take charge of your health and measure how your body functions instead of just guessing. You deserve it!



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  1. Lynn says
    Mar 07, 2019 at 10:33 PM

    I think that's excellent advice Dr. Anna. I too have had to learn how to pace myself in my workouts. And be kinder to myself in general. It's worth it! With regular adjustments and healthy choices, I've been feeling amazing. Thanks for sharing. Lynn Linder

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