Technology has affected almost every industry in the world. As science advances and people find new ways to use the technology we have already developed, big advancements in how we go about certain tasks. Although chiropractic care may not seem like a field that involves technology or on the top of your healthcare technology trend list, the exact opposite is proving true.
While there may not be a mass amount of technological advancements being made in chiropractic care, there are a handful of ways that technology is improving the way doctors are able to treat their patients. Manipulating the spine is a skill that requires a lot of knowledge and finesse as improper care can lead to injury and serious health concerns. New technologies in the chiropractic care industry are aiming to help ensure the safety of patients while giving them the best care possible.
In this article, we will take a look at a few of the most noteworthy advancements being made in chiropractic care and why they are such a huge leap in the evolution of spinal manipulations.
This new form of chiropractic technology uses a special neurological scanning technology that is able to scan a person’s entire nervous system within a few minutes. While chiropractic care has a lot to do with the spine, the entire body works together, and other areas of the body provide useful information as well. The scanning system is able to take a deeper look into a person’s spinal nerve connections and see how those connections are impacting the spine and different parts of the body.
With the aid of technology to assist a chiropractor in a diagnosis, it helps to ensure the chiropractor is making the right diagnosis and creating the proper treatment plan for the patient’s condition. A misdiagnosis can actually make a patient’s condition much worse and there is an inevitable human error from time to time. These forms of scanning technologies can take much of the guesswork out of diagnosing an issue and provide an even deeper understanding of the human body as a whole.
K-Laser Therapy is used in a wide variety of medical fields, but expert chiropractors have found this laser therapy to be of particularly great use. These lasers use infrared and red light to repair any damaged tissues and to stimulate cells in the affected area. Laser therapy can be used in conjunction with regular chiropractic care because it helps with conditions such as:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Trigger points
These are just a few examples of conditions that K-Laser Therapy can help treat.
The Ultralign X and Ultralign G2 are large “work stations” created by Sigma Instruments. It is a NASA inspired chiropractic device that performs and body analysis and then treats the patient according to the results. The impressive system is able to locate where there are any spinal abnormalities in a patient that are causing issues. From there, the machine is then placed in treatment mode where the machine will go to work in a pop-free and painless way.
Improving Patient Care with Technology
The Ultralign machine is the ideal solution for healthcare providers to reap the benefits of chiropractic adjustments but without the cracking and popping sensations. The machine uses a gentle tapping method to readjust the joints and nerves in the affected area. This machine is such a popular and effective technology because it is not only highly precise, but it takes out the fear of seeing a chiropractor. Many people are fearful of the typical cracking and popping of physical manual manipulations to the spine.
All three of these new chiropractic technologies show the important leaps technology has made in healthcare as well as the chiropractic care industry. Chiropractic care has always been viewed as an alternative therapy to conventional treatments, but it is now becoming an ever more popular choice for those suffering from chronic pain and other chronic conditions that are challenging to manage.
With the addition of these technologies, chiropractors can elevate their level of care for each patient and tailor personalized treatment plans that will ensure they are getting the best treatment possible for their condition.
Furthermore, improvements in care in chiropractic go far beyond devices that actually help with adjustments and figuring out the root causes of health conditions. Computer technology and new software also aim to improve patient care and experience both in and out of the office.
Computer programs and phone and tablet applications can help with a wide variety of office and patient needs. For instance, many offices are making it possible for patients to schedule and pay for their appointments online, or even through an app, so it makes it easier and more efficient for patients to receive care. These days, the patient experience has become a top priority for healthcare providers.
Online portals and apps can also store critical information in a patient’s own profile, so they have access to all the information they received during their appointment. They can have the ability to see diagnosis information, test results, future treatment plans, at-home exercises, and much more. This can significantly help patients with compliance and keep them fully informed about everything they need to know about their chiropractic care.
Through websites, apps, and emails, chiropractic offices can also send out newsletters and important office updates to keep patients in the loop about all of the important things happening in the office.
These types of technologies create a fully immersed and interactive patient experience, so people can take control of their health and feel more confident about their treatment plans.
Chiropractic care has seen huge updates in the way their practice is able to function and technological advancements are only getting better and more frequent. We can expect the future of chiropractic care to become even better as time goes on.