Paraspinal digital infrared imaging (DII) is a diagnostic technique that uses a small, hand-held device to measure and compare skin temperature–near the spine–for any signs of nervous system dysfunction. The device, which is safe, painless, and noninvasive, measures the infrared heat emitted from the surface of the skin–much like a thermometer measures body temperature. In a healthy person, the skin temperature should be about the same on both sides of the spine. A a subluxation or misalignment in the spine will be evidence by unequal temperatures on one or the other side of the spine. Color indicates give a visual indication of the conditions severity, with black being the most severe.. 

As the NUCCA practitioner moves this highly specialized imaging device along the upper (cervical) spine, skin temperatures on both sides of the spine are recorded. When these readings are programmed into a special computer for analysis, the result is a graphic image of the spinal region examined. The doctor then compares the image against normal values–ideally, a straight line–to determine whether nervous system irritation exists, and, therefore, whether vertebral subluxation (misalignment) is present. 

Using DII along with other tests, the doctor can pinpoint the location and extent of the problem and make a diagnosis. In addition, DII is often used during the course of treatment to assess the effectiveness of NUCCA care.


Paraspinal Digital Infrared Image:
pre adjustment
Paraspinal Digital Infrared Image:
post adjustment

Paraspinal EMG Scanning

Similar to infrared imaging, Paraspinal EMG uses the same device, but in the case of EMG, measures muscular electrical signals. The Paraspinal EMG is a specialized technique designed to evalutate groups of parspinal muscles. During this exam, the doctor places two electrodes on each side of the spine, looking for areas of increased and diminished paraspinal muscular activity. Both conditions give the doctor information about potentail imact of nerve “kinks” in the Atlas area and its affect on the rest of the spine and related muscles.

Paraspinal EMG Scanning
first visit
Paraspinal EMG Scanning:
After a 5 month treatment program.