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How can Thermal Imaging help you?

  • Assessing injuries and pain.
  • Early detection – helps you be pro-active about your health. Can be used when you feel symptom-free.
  • An option when other scans didn’t help you with your problem or aren’t suitable.
  • Gives you visual information – a body ‘map’- a picture of your problem to show your professional practitioner, doctor and therapist, so they can make a diagnosis and give you the best treatment.
  • Safe and easy monitoring. For any age, at any time.

Thermal Imaging scans highlight abnormal activity, particularly inflammation. They may confirm the extent of an injury and importantly, alert you to the impacts on other areas of your body. This means more effective and targeted treatment and easy monitoring of progress.

Thermal scans may alert you to underlying, abnormal activity and developing health issues, before you’re aware of symptoms. This means you can be pro-active about your health and seek early intervention and the most suitable treatments.

Seeking treatment for a health issue or pain can be frustrating when the usual scans or tests have not ‘seen’ your problem. Thermal Imaging may be an option in revealing your issue, assisting you in getting the correct diagnosis and treatment.

Using Thermal Imaging in Woden Wellness Centre

From an interview with Ally Reichert, Registered Natural Medicine Practitioner at Woden Wellness Centre

Ally, how long have you been using Thermal Imaging?

“I’ve been helping people with Thermal Imaging since 2002 and time seems to have gone by very quickly since then! I’ve seen many, many people from all over the ACT, NSW and regional areas and many return every year to have their comparison scans done. They like keeping a check on their health; along with the other things they do with their GP. The info that a thermal scan gives, I just can’t get any other way; not through blood tests, not x-ray, not ultrasound and not observation. I’m very lucky to be able to offer it here at the clinic.”

Why do people want Thermal Imaging?

“Many come in for help when, unfortunately, other investigations or scans haven’t given them answers to their pain or problems. It’s very rewarding to show them – literally! – that the problem is real and isn’t ‘in their head’.  And more importantly, that there’s often professional therapies and treatments to help give them some relief. It’s a fantastic tool and it’s a really quick and easy procedure for the clients – and I’m very happy to say it’s completely safe.”

What are some of the things you’ve been able to help with?

“Apart from helping with pain and inflammation, I’ve got a keen interest in thyroid health, particularly treating the reasons behind a thyroid disorder. I see thyroid problems as a bit of a silent epidemic really. There are just too many people with fatigue, foggy brain, cold hands and feet, low mood, anxiety, thin hair, no libido and weight problems.

Now some of these people have a medical diagnosis and some don’t.  Some feel better on doctor’s medication and some don’t. A big problem I see is people with significant symptoms but blood thyroid tests that come back ‘normal’. In most cases, even when they need medication, we can support the thyroid naturally, at the same time, and help improve their symptoms and vitality. I find a thermal scan is a great addition to their case history and GP testing and it helps me monitor the progress of both medication and natural supplements.

Not many people know that we can use Thermal Imaging for much more than ‘hot spots’ and pain. For example, Thermal scans are also excellent for tracking the extent of varicose veins and will often show more than you can see on your skin surface. And if you sit a lot – who doesn’t these days! – or fly or drive a lot or have massages, then you need to be aware of how extensive veins could be and the DVT risks. And importantly, the treatments that can support the veins.

Over the years, I’ve also seen cases where the imaging has helped clients get a diagnosis and proper treatment for dental infections, skin cancers and digestive complaints, so I really find it an all-around, user- friendly tool. I think most testing and information is useful but because no single test can tell you everything, I find the thermal images provide a different piece of the puzzle!”   end interview

The difference between x-ray and thermal imaging

Structural tests vs Functional tests

Structural scans such as x-ray and ultrasound give information about mass -the shape and structure of your bones, organs, any lumps etc. Thermal Imaging is different – it provides information about how your body is functioning – particularly highlighting abnormal activity such as inflammation, which may be affecting your health or contributing to symptoms of pain or dysfunction.

Interestingly, thermal imaging also highlights the opposite of inflammation; ischemia (pronounced ‘i-skee-mia’). This is unusual activity where there is reduced blood flow, poor circulation and under-function. There may be numbness or tingling. This can result from injury and even surgery. It can also produce pain, dysfunction and imbalance. Importantly, however, the treatment needed is different from a problem with inflammation.

A little more detail on Thermal Imaging

Infrared Thermal Imaging detects patterns reflecting abnormal activity in soft tissues -veins, muscles, gums, organs, skin. Abnormal activity is either associated with increased temperature (hyper-thermic patterns) or decreased temperature (hypo-thermic patterns). Normal body function (e.g. normal digestion) does not produce asymmetric or unusual infrared patterns.

Hotter colours (hyper-thermic patterns) may reflect:

  • irritation, muscle spasm, injury, pain
  • infection
  • suspicious activity
  • inflammation (with or without pain)

Inflammation can cause/contribute to ‘on-site’ pain and imbalance in the body. Some patterns over spinal regions may indicate a spinal imbalance, resulting in uneven weight distribution through the feet. This may cause increased wear through the joints (e.g. hips, knees and ankles). It may also cause increased pressure on the veins in the legs contributing to varicose veins.

Colder colours (hypo-thermic patterns) may reflect:

  • under- function, reduced activity
  • nerve damage from injury or surgery
  • atrophy
  • pain

Colder patterns represent areas not receiving optimal blood supply, resulting in reduced nutrients to tissues and impaired removal of waste products. This is important for effective cellular and organ detoxification and weight regulation. Apart from causing pain or discomfort, hypo-thermic patterns may correspond with reported symptoms of numbness, tingling or weakness.

Spinal health and referred pain or problems

Both hyperthermia and hypothermia over the spine/vertebrae may correspond with symptoms of pain in the back. In addition, all nerves exit the spine and are distributed to, and influence, other tissues, muscles and organs. They are like electrical cables supplying energy to those regions. This means that problems over the back may produce symptoms in other parts of the body.

For example, inflammation or under-function over

  • neck and shoulders can produce symptoms in your face, ears, eyes, arms and fingers
  • the upper back can produce symptoms in your chest, lungs, kidneys and upper digestive tract
  • the lower back can produce symptoms in your lower abdomen, reproductive organs, legs and feet

Thermal Imaging appointments usually take up to 60 minutes.  You can book to have 1 body region scanned or a full body scan. Booking can be made by calling our reception staff on 6281 5494.