One of the primary assessment tools used by chiropractors is known as Computerized Infrared Thermography (CIT). Upper Cervical doctors use this painless instrumentation to determine when someone needs (and doesn’t need) to be adjusted.
Whenever I explain this technology to patients, I show them two pictures, starting with the photo above.
Part of your spinal cord sends information from the brain down into the body. Another part of your spinal cord sends information from the body up into the brain. Healthy nerve impulses can travel at incredible speeds, upwards of 200-MPH. The “blur effect” in this picture is a great example of how the brain/body properly communicate with each other.
Here’s the next photo that I show them:
It’s a terrific example of what we don’t want to happen. A “traffic jam” represents interference within part of the communication process. Instead of healthy and balanced signal transmission, a pathological (sickness-causing) process is developing. There’s an imbalance in the way the body is functioning.
After I explain CIT in this manner, we scan the patients to measure what’s going on inside them. Here are some examples for you to see.
The coolest part of all this is that after we perform our unique Upper Cervical procedure, the communication process visibly changes. Right before our eyes, we can watch balance return. It’s really quite extraordinary, and it provides the patient with tangible proof that improvements are being made!