One of the best ways to measure if your central nervous system is working properly to measure the heat alongside your spine. And this is not new stuff! Its only been use since Hippocrates in ancient Greece and by specific chiropractors since 1922.
Still, it is one of the least used yet most important ways to determine if your nervous system is healthy or if you need a chiropractic adjustment. The unique test we do at Atlas Health Chiropractic in North Lakes, Brisbane is called a "Paraspinal Thermograph." In other words, a picture of the temperature patterns along your spine. We use an infrared laser instrument called a "Tytron" to measure these temperature differences.
Why Does Measuring Heat Matter?
Heat is controlled by your autonomic nervous system. We have nerves that supply is associated with moving muscles. We have nerves that are associated with feeling. We also have nerves in our body that control our organs and everything else that we don't actually feel, including the dilation of blood vessels.
It has been well researched that if the temperature on one side of your spine exceeds 0.3 of a degree consistently that something is not right with your central nervous system and the way your body is working. As far as an Atlas Chiropractor is concerned, this abnormal type of heat pattern is one of the major indicators that we need to do to determine that a person needs to be adjusted.
The Pattern of Health and Your Nervous System
The temperature of your spine is not the only thing that we look at because it does - and should - always be changing. The temperature in Brisbane goes up and down, and your body needs to be able to adapt to this maintaining an internal core temperature of approximately 37 degrees. ... But what if it doesn't?
Unlike many chiropractors who may measure temperature during an initial examination and then not repeat the test until a re-exam for some weeks later, we perform this test every day as a major part of our analysis to determine when vs when you do not need to be adjusted.
What we look for is what's called a pattern. A pattern is a part of your nervous system heat graph that does not change whether the scan is done a few hours, days, or weeks apart. When it appears, it is like finger-print or DNA identification: unique for every individual and a key piece of information that shows us when you need to be adjusted (versus when your nervous system is healing and working just fine).
Who Measures Your Nervous System Health?
The inability of your body to adapt to stress in the internal and external environment causes it to shift into protective modes, like a computer at the maximum capacity that freezes or crashes. In the body, this is the reason that the spine misaligns.
It is a protective mechanism like a circuit breaker, which minimizes immediate damage to your nervous system. Unfortunately, if these misalignments are not corrected and the circuits not reset, your nervous system never fully comes back online.
The result is that over time things start to breakdown and health problems may start to appear. We all know about measuring blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar ... but how do you measure if your central nervous system - the one thing controls and coordinates it all - is actually working properly?
You have to have it checked, and this is exactly what we do at Atlas Chiropractic in North Lakes, Brisbane. The red squiggly lines measure the heat that is produced from your nervous system and allow an Upper Cervical Chiropractor to determine if your body is adapting properly to stress or not.