Many patients have come to value chiropractic care as a natural, holistic approach to health. Under the care of a chiropractor, people receive relief from all sorts of musculoskeletal and sports injuries as well as headaches, neck pain and back pain.
When most people think of chiropractic treatments, they picture manual spinal adjustments and similar therapies. While these certainly are a major component of chiropractic, technology is beginning to have a larger role in many practices.
In fact, technology is becoming an increasingly critical component of all facets of life. From using a computer and an Internet connection to “go to the office” to using a smart phone to make an appointment with your chiropractor, technology seems to have made inroads into everything that modern families do.
Is technology also having an effect on chiropractic care?
It most certainly is. More and more chiropractors are beginning to see the value of using technology in their regular practice. The results may be more efficient and accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Getting a Better Look with INSiGHT Scanning
Has your chiropractor introduced you to INSiGHT Scanning yet? INSiGHT Scanning technology is a painless, non-invasive and computerized means through which your chiropractor can assess any problems that you may be experiencing.
This scanning technology looks at the patient’s heart rate variability, or HRV, and thermal and surface electromyology, or SEMG. Basically, it’s an electronic tool that is used to scan the patient’s nervous system.
Thanks to this in-depth scan, the chiropractor can pinpoint any abnormal function that may not be visible in an X-ray. Frequently, this abnormality can’t even be felt by the patient until it has caused considerable damage.
INSiGHT Scanning is designed to highlight any stress, which your chiropractor refers to as subluxation, on your nervous system. With these tests, the chiropractor can tell how this subluxation is affecting all of your major organs, your energy levels, muscles and glands.
A thermal scan with this technology may be taken to determine the body’s temperature on each side of the spine. Because skin temperature is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, it’s an automatic function of your body like your breathing and heart rate. Johns Hopkins University researchers have demonstrated that the body temperature on both sides of the spine should be identical. If they are not, then a subluxation is indicated.
Your chiropractor also may use this technology to run an SEMG test. This will show the condition of your motor nerves. Another component of the nervous system, the motor nerves are responsible for managing movement and muscles. When muscles contract, they produce a greater amount of electrical activity. Accordingly, the SEMG test measures spasms or weakness in the muscles that may indicate subluxation on the nervous system.
INSiGHT Scanning technology similarly is used to measure muscle balance or symmetry. When the nervous system is disturbed, it can cause an abnormal energy flow to the muscles on either side of the spine. This can mean that the muscles on one side become more quickly fatigued, tighter or weaker than the muscles on the other side. The SEMG test can identify any such issues so that they can be treated.
Lasers in the Treatment Room
New patients may be shocked to learn that lasers are becoming an increasingly common instrument for chiropractic care. Called low level laser therapy or cold laser therapy, these FDA-approved treatments are used on a wide variety of afflictions.
These lasers are relatively small, closely resembling a flashlight and fitting comfortably into the chiropractor’s hand. A laser light emanates from the tool, penetrating beneath the patient’s skin.
When compared to the high-powered lasers that may be used in medical offices to melt away blood clots or destroy tumors, the lasers used in chiropractic care are far less powerful. In fact, these pain-free therapies can be used to alleviate numerous conditions.
For instance, your chiropractor may recommend a cold laser treatment when you are healing from a sprain. Because application of the laser encourages blood flow to the affected area, patients may be able to heal far more quickly.
Similarly, a patient who is dealing with chronic pain management may benefit from chiropractic laser therapy. Even people with fibromyalgia have experienced relief after undergoing this therapy.
Inflammation is yet another condition for which chiropractors may recommend cold laser therapy. These treatments have been demonstrated to be effective on people who have everything from mouth ulcers to rheumatoid arthritis.
Here’s a look at some other ailments that cold laser therapy may treat:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neck pain
- Knee pain
Gentle Care with Sigma Ultralign Adjustments
Some people get pretty nervous about the idea of chiropractic adjustments. They don’t like when the chiropractor makes a sudden movement and there’s a crack as something pops back into alignment.
In fact, they are so put off by traditional chiropractic methods that they would rather live on pain medications or just deal with the pain rather than undergo treatments that might be helpful.
Technology can save the day for these people.
The Sigma Ultralign Adjustment is a high-tech system for providing chiropractic care. It is a computer-based system that uses specially designed software to diagnose a patient’s problem areas and adjust them gently and accurately.
The treatment begins with the patient sitting in a special treatment chair. A handheld sensor is placed over the patient’s affected areas. The sensor is able to measure stiffness in the joints and soft tissues, and the results of these readings are immediately displayed on a computer. Next, the chiropractor switches the instrument to treatment mode so that it can apply gentle force to make an adjustment with exacting precision.
Sigma Ultralign can measure stiffness in:
Accordingly, it is an excellent option for diagnosing and treating ailments in any of these soft tissues.
Many characteristics of Ultralign make this a more comfortable and approachable experience for many patients. For instance, the entire system is designed so that it can make adjustments without causing the patient any pain. The adjustment is carefully controlled by the software and is tailored specifically to the patient’s needs depending on the amount of stiffness present in the soft tissue.
People also sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable at having to lie down to have spinal adjustments performed. However, Sigma Ultralign can be performed as you sit in the special treatment chair. That is excellent news for anyone who has difficulty lying down, getting up or just doesn’t like to lay down for treatment.
Many adults suffer from compression of the spine. Typically, this manifests in the body as sciatica or low back pain. Treatments with a spinal decompression machine may be able to significantly alleviate these painful conditions.
The patient lies down on a special treatment table that is connected to a computer. A harness is attached to the patient’s waist. Then, this strap is pulled on by the computer to stretch the spine. This is a gentle, gradual treatment that involves pulling on and then relaxing the pull on the strap. Space between the patient’s spinal vertebrae is being painlessly created, and this leads to a buildup of negative pressure in the disc. With a vacuum created, leaking disc tissues are pulled back into the disc where they belong.
The result is significantly less pain for the patient.
If you are suffering from degenerated discs, bulging discs, herniated discs or low back pain, then your chiropractor may suggest treatments on a spinal decompression machine to alleviate these conditions.
Learn More at Delaware Integrative Healthcare
Do you want to know more about all of the ways that technology is improving chiropractic care? Get in touch with Delaware Integrative Healthcare to learn more.
We believe in providing patients with many treatment options that will improve their overall health and well-being. While this may involve traditional manual spinal adjustments, sometimes a more high-tech approach is called for.
Contact Delaware Integrative Healthcare today to schedule a consultation.