What is Thermal Imaging?
It is a scientifically established and accepted means to measure the quantity and patterns of heat emitting from the human body with a patented, FDA registered device. It is a totally safe, non-invasive, non-contact means to measure how well your body is regulating its internal environment by mapping the thermal output within two one-hundredths of a degree centigrade! This highly sensitive and specific imaging method is computerized as an image of your body in a color map that makes it easy to read. It is referred to as "Medical Infrared Imaging." These tests have their benefits, but the unique benefit with Medical Infrared Imaging is that it can reveal changes leading to potential health problems long before they threaten your health.
Why it works...
By measuring changes in your body's thermal radiant heat as small as 1/100th of a degree, we see risk indicators that might reveal tell-tale signs of inflammation and various developments years earlier than traditional imaging procedures. You then have time to pursue natural or conservative treatment options as you wish.
Medical Infrared Imaging is a non-invasive, non-contact scan with absolutely no risks. There are no injections or fluids to drink.
General Clinical uses for DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging) include:
- To define the extent of an injury of which a diagnosis has previously been made;
- To localize an abnormal area not previously identified so further diagnostic tests can be performed;
- To detect early lesions before they are clinically evident;
- To monitor the healing process before the patient is returned to work or training.
DITI is useful for, but not limited to, the diagnosis and evolution of epicondylitis, patellofemoral syndromes, ankle injuries, shin splints, stress fractures, myofascial pain syndromes, spinal pain syndromes, shoulder injuries, foot pain syndromes, and vascular disorders. One of DITI's biggest contributions to sports medicine is in the detection of the post traumatic pain syndromes of reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome) and sympathetic maintained pain syndromes which can occur after minimal injury. These have traditionally been difficult to diagnose. DITI provides an invaluable window into the autonomic/sympathetic nervous system, which records via somatocutaneous reflex, the sympathetic response to pain and injury.
General Questions About Acupuncture
Are the needles clean?
At Steeles Chiropractic and Acupuncture Health Clinic only sterile, disposable needles are used.
Is acupuncture painful?
Extremely fine, hair-thin needles are inserted and are left in place for 15 to 30 minutes. Most patients are unaware of the needles. They rest comfortably and experience a deep relaxation, often drifting off to sleep and awaking rested and revitalized.