The impact of radiographs encompasses the meditative techniques in curing body pains such as masses, fractures, spondylolysis, and spondylolosthesis. The invention of radiographs spurred the use of axial imaging in medical applications of body pains.
Using the visualizations of an axial imaging, experts were able to conclude how the subconscious was able to control the degree of pain. They say the inflammation that happens, for example in arthritis, is a defense mechanism of the body from injury. The inflammation acts as cushion to protect against further injury. So when the body is injured, it releases bio chemicals that create inflammation. Aside from creating the inflammation, the bio chemicals also stimulates the nerve fibers of pain the C fibers.
Computed tomography (CT) scans, CT myelograms, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are among the widely used axial imaging nowadays. The MRI is the most updated axial imaging. It is non-invasive and can identify cord disorders, neural tumors, and far lateral disks. Doctors usually use MRI to evaluate the hydration of the disks and to see the marrow of vertebral bodies. However, high false-positive rate with MRI scans are frequent.
Before doctors perform an operation especially when spine surgery is considered, these various kinds of axial imaging is initially used to guide them during the operation. For sever back pains, the common spine surgery with a posterolateral HNP is microdiskectomy. Such severe situation usually happens when an individual fails to treat back pains at an early stage.
During the operation, doctors perform an hemilaminotomy to remove the local ligamentum flavum and the offending disk fragment and to retract the nerve root. With the use of loupe magnification or a microscope, the bone structure is seen clearly and closely. So far, experts believe that no alternative treatments can be compared to the efficiency and effectiveness of microdeskectomy.
Visualisation can also be practised. There is much documented evidence to support the 'healing' effect by this. By visualising the area - like low back pain, one can take the awareness to that area and 'sweep' the area of the 'dis-ease' and replacing it with healthy cells and tissue.
Visual imaging by this method is not new and centuarys old. It can be found that in certain aspects of healing like Reiki etc. One can also imagine the spirits in the spirit world to assist in a healing situation where the person giving healing is the channel for this energy. There are also many 'Spiritual Healers' in the movement of Spiritualism.