What is Regulation Thermography?
Regulation thermography is a method of whole body assessment that works as a diagnostic aid for physicians. In the procedure, temperature readings are taken at different points of the skin that correlate with specific organs and structures in the body, including:
- breast tissue
- digestive organs
- endocrine glands (thyroid, adrenals, ovaries/testes, etc.)
- detoxification systems (liver, kidneys, bladder)
- peripheral vascular system (i.e. general blood flow in the body)
The skin points relate to these underlying organs via a nerve pathway known as the viscerocutaneous reflex. Viscero means organ and cutaneous means skin, hence it is a nerve pathway that links organs to the skin patches that overly them. It has been found that the health of an organ impacts the health of the skin overlying it, meaning that if we detect irregularities in the skin (in this case measured by temperature changes) it gives us insight into the pathology that may be affecting the underlying structure.
In summary, regulation thermography tells us about the health of the body by measuring temperature changes at specific points on the skin.
How is the test conducted?
The test has three components:
1. Determining baseline temperature: in this part, skin temperature is measured at 80 specific points involving the face, neck, chest, abdomen, lower back, and the elbow crease. Temperature readings are measured using a temperature probe, taking roughly 2 seconds at each point. The temperature readings are transmitted to a computer program which records them. This phase of testing takes approximately ten minutes.
2. Temperature challenge: after the baseline measurements are completed, the skin needs to be challenged with a colder temperature. This is achieved by exposing the tested skin areas to room temperature air for ten minutes (i.e. without clothing to keep the tested areas warm). During this time the skin should be able to compensate for the drop in temperature…unless there is an issue with underlying organ(s).
3. Determining post-challenge temperature: in this final phase, skin temperature is measured at the same 80 points that were initially measured. Again, the values are recorded by the computer and they are compiled to determine if the skin temperature compensated in a healthy way.
What do the results tells us?
For each point that is tested, one of five results can be found*:
a. Normal compensation (skin temperature drops an expected amount due to the cold challenge – this reflects healthy underlying organ/structure function)
b. Hyporegulation (skin temperature drops, but not as much as expected – this reflects a lower than optimal underlying organ/structure function)
c. Hyperregulation (skin temperature drops much more than expected – this reflects higher than optimal underlying organ/structure function)
d. Paradoxical (skin temperature increases rather than decreases - this reflects inflammation in the underlying organ/structure)
e. Blocked regulation (skin temperature does not change at all – this reflects a significant pathology in the underlying organ/structure, usually denoting it as an area that tops the priority list for treatment)
*Please note that for points measured for the teeth, head, and thyroid gland all of these rules are reversed – this is because those points should see a temperature INCREASE when the body is cooled down, not a decrease as with the rest of the body
What type of report is generated?
Full Report: this is a report that is generated by the company that created the thermography software used for the testing (Alfa Thermodiagnostics). They take the graphic results and transpose them onto a colour-coded body diagram for an easy visual depiction of what your test results look like. The company also gives a diagnostic report based on your readings as compared to the data they have compiled from other patients. The main advantage to this option is the body diagram, which does make the results easier to conceptualize.