Historically, temperature gradient measurements (ie.: dual probe and single probe instruments) taken of the skin surface have been used in clinical settings to monitor the state of physiological function. Chiropractors are now using technological advances in infrared electronic thermography to assess the patientís response to chiropractic care. This approach to instrumentation provides visual evidence of the neurologic changes effected by the chiropractic adjustment.
An article published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR) in November, 1998, documents the developmental stages and implementation of Chiropractic Thermography. The first recorded use of low resolution thermography for chiropractic purposes was introduced in 1983. Unlike traditional thermography, this method uses a linear array of 12 infrared sensors. This thermography system provides reliable information for use in monitoring pre and post neurologic changes of the chiropractic adjustment of the vertebral subluxation complex. The current technology represents the keynote to the inception of the development of a new chiropractic model, one which is based on neurophysiologic changes in addition to biomechanic alterations.
The JVSR article is entitled, "Vertebral Subluxation Correction and Itís Affect On Thermographic Readings".
Copies of the JVSR, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1998 are available at:
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