Discussion at International Symposium – Infrared Scanners Used to Study the Sympathetic Nervous System
While this development is not all that new, it could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of RSD.
"The profound effects of sympathetic nervous system function on human physiology were emphasized at the most recent interprofessional symposium of the American Chiropractic College of Thermology (ACCT)...
Patients in pain find it very difficult and disappointing to be told that doctors can find nothing wrong with them. In many cases, however, these doctors have only examined two-thirds of the possibilities concerned with the nervous system, completely omitting evaluation of sympathetic nervous system function. Infrared imaging helps to fill that examination void, a void which is truly gaping, considering the profound effect that the sympathetic nervous system has in responding to pain states.
Even more startling to symposium attendees, however, was Mr. Bales' development and demonstration of a therapeutic infrared emitter designed to provide photonic stimulation to the sympathetic nervous system. Photonic stimulation has recently come to the attention of the scientific community because certain energy wavelengths have been shown to have distinct physiologic effects on cells. The research, concentrating originally on various laser wavelengths, has more recently included infrared wavelengths, which appear to have an effect on polarization of nerve fibers. In a stunning implication for clinical patient management, the effect of photonic stimulation on sympathetic nervous system function was evaluated contemporaneously via high resolution infrared imaging as the treatment was actually being rendered. The photon stimulation produced obvious and immediate changes in sympathetic nervous system function as monitored via infrared imaging. Sites, duration and cessation of photon emission treatment were all determined via infrared imaging...."
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