Depression is a very common mental health disorder that is so common that more than 3 million cases are diagnosed each year in the US. People with depression have been characterized with having a low mood and a disinterest in activities. Low levels of dopamine which is an excitatory neurotoxin has been found in brain scans of depressed people which has led to the conclusion that abnormal neural circuits in the brain may be a cause.
The question is how is one able to check if the neural circuits in the brain are normal or abnormal. The nervous system includes our brain, the brain stem, the spinal cord, and all the nerves that go to every organ (including the lungs), tissue, and muscle in our bodies.
What about if there was a way to measure how the nervous system is functioning? Could a deficit in the nervous system lead to a breakdown in dopamine production? The main control center of our nervous system is the brainstem which is located where the top bone in our neck resides. When we have various traumas in life, whether from slips and falls, car accidents, excessive poor posture, amongst other things. It can cause problems to the neck area and as a consequence lead to problems with the brainstem.
At our office, we utilize state of the art infrared thermography to measure nervous system function. The way it works is that one of the functions that the nervous system controls is skin temperature. The infrared device is able to pick up specific heat that is emitted from the vessels in our body. Any deviation in skin temperature great than .5 degrees is an indication of an improperly functioning nervous system.
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