Advanced non-invasive imaging can detect and calibrate imperceptible misalignments, with critical precision. Applied to the upper spine, a digital infrared scanner tracks nervous system irritation by measuring heat, and the exam is stored on a computer for future comparison. If the reading indicates irregularities, upper cervical x-rays are taken to distinguish the specific structural anomaly. Sharp three-dimensional pictures insure pin-point accuracy, which is essential for customized care.
The adjustment is efficient, swift, and emphatic. The patient rests his or her upper body on a knee-chest table designed to relax neck and spinal muscles. The seven cervical vertebrae are the lightest in the body, which facilitates the subtle internal movement propelled by a skillful maneuver. Rather than manipulation in a series of corrective twists, a single firm "tap" sets the vertebrae straight. Then, rest in a provided quiet space bolsters this restorative procedure.
Due to habit and strain, the positioning may not hold immediately. Stability is influenced by severity/length of time of the condition and by age/general health of the patient. Initial monitoring with the thermographic scanner twice per week is recommended, tapering to once per week, then to twice per month, then once per month (allowing for individual variation). When scanner results indicate a reversion in the thermographic reading, an adjustment follows. Healing time varies and depends upon several factors including the age of the patient, severity of the condition, and the length of time the condition has been present.