Dynamic Chiropractic - April 25, 1990, Volume 08, Issue 09|
"Introduction to Neurothermography"
With -- Jacob Green, M.D.
Videotape -- 35 minutes
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It has always astonished me that anyone could deny the innate ability of the body to take care of itself. It has further astonished me that these same people could deny that a structural aberration could adversely affect the neural pathways that physiologically coordinate adequate organic function. Maybe the term "innate" has become the unhappy recipient of some unfortunate super-straight use. Whatever -- innate, or whatever you wish to call it, does constantly strive for proper function and homeostasis.
While this may not have been what Jacob Green, M.D., had in mind in his tape, "Introduction to Thermography" -- it certainly was in mine when I viewed it. He cites such things as how important it is for the nerves to control peripheral heat, reminding the viewer about how the nervous system, through sensory stimulation and motor nerve response, will affect peripheral vasoconstriction and dilation.
It is this peripheral vascular play that can now be recorded through thermography, with color images that have proven to correlate as much as 90% with neural function as recorded by EEGs and EMGs.
The value to the chiropractic physician is obvious. For years we've had to try to convince both lawyers and insurance companies alike that a patient can still be suffering extreme pain and discomfort without having blood pour from open wounds. Pain, of course, is subjective and we've had to rely on the word of the patients as to the character of their distress.
All this changed with the advent of thermography. At last we could see what before we had to accept as the truth from what our patients would tell us. This had a terrific impact upon the courts in all forms of litigation. To some, it is an almost indispensable part of their practice. There's even a chiropractic diplomate program now in this vital diagnostic discipline. In fact, it's estimated that more DCs per capita have, or have access to, thermographic equipment than any other health care practitioner.
Still -- there are all too many in our profession who, for whatever reason, don't avail themselves of this exciting diagnostic tool.
It would seem safe to say that the last holdouts would find it difficult to sit on the thermographic sidelines after viewing "Introduction to Neurothermography."
Well and intelligently produced, Green takes the viewer easily through the maze of equipment used in the imaging process and fills the screen with vivid color visuals that record the subtle thermal changes in an inflammatory process. No longer need the physician or the patient try to verbally convince an insurance company of the veracity of their assumptions when what they say can be seen.
"Introduction to Neurothermography" is just that -- an introduction. It is meant to educate and impress the physician with the value of this important diagnostic modality, and it does just that. If you are interested in a more dimensional diagnostic or analytical base, then this tape is an important acquisition.