Technology has impacted every industry in some way, and the health industry is particularly revolutionized by the information technology movement. The chiropractic branch of healthcare has grown over the past decade; this practice focuses on the nervous system and musculoskeletal system and the impacts that these systems have on a person’s overall health.
Typically, disorders in these regions involve back pain, neck pain, and joint pain, and chiropractors take a conservative approach towards pain management and healthcare, which can drastically minimize a patient’s dependence on prescription painkillers. Chiropractors also spearhead rehabilitative and therapeutic exercises and provide lifestyle counseling. With the myriad of benefits offered in chiropractic care, it’s ripe with opportunities for technological advancements. Here’s what you need to know about the evolving tech in chiropractic care:
Electric Muscle Stimulation
According to County Line Chiropractic in Lauderhill, an accident rehab center, muscle inflammation can come from auto accidents, sports injuries, and even excessive exercise. Electric muscle stimulation therapy works by transmitting a mild electrical current to an injured area to promote healing and manage pain.
The transmitted electrical current exercises the muscle, which causes them to stop spasming and strengthens their weakness. The biggest benefit of EMS is that it can drastically speed up the recovery process, largely because it promotes healthy blood flow and strengthens the link between your muscles and brain.
Recently, market news revealed that electronic muscle stimulation technology is booming, and analysts that suggest that this is largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent studies indicate that the coronavirus has increased sedentary lifestyles and this lack of physical activities hurts your muscle mass and helps you avoid catabolic state—which is when your body breaks down or loses its mass in fat and muscle and is common in bedridden patients.
Neurological Scanning Technology
Neurological scanning technology, like INSiGHT Scanning, allows chiropractors to scan an individual’s entire nervous system within just a few minutes. This deep-level scanning provides much greater insight into the spinal nerve connections and how they affect different areas of the body. Human error can compound and complicate health problems, and the goal is to arrive at accurate conclusions faster. Ultimately, this helps chiropractors come up with the best diagnosis possible and helps them to avoid a missed or misdiagnosis.
Cold lasers emit specific wavelengths of light to help promote healing. During this process, the light travels through layers of soft tissue. For instance, K laser therapy, which is used in many different medical fields, uses infrared light and red light to repair tissues that are damaged and help stimulate cells in damaged areas.
Many chiropractors choose to use it in conjunction with regular chiropractic techniques to aid back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other types of injuries. Ultimately, this laser therapy helps reduce inflammation and aids the body’s ability to heal.
There are several ways to approach chiropractic adjustments, and the Ultralign machine is one such way of doing so—without the need for traditional hands-on adjustments that involve popping, twisting and cracking sensations. The Ultralign is a computerized instrument inspired by NASA and based on the same technology used in aerospace engineering. Using this device, chiropractors can accurately locate and treat even the smallest of spinal abnormalities.
While in treatment mode, it resets nerves and skeletal joints through a series of gentle tapping, which means it’s effectively painless, and because it’s controlled digitally, it can be customized to specific patient needs. This also offers greater control of the vertebrae. This type of treatment might be a more comfortable option for senior citizens and other patients who aren’t comfortable with manual adjustments.
New technology in the chiropractic care industry is making leaps and bounds in the health world. While chiropractic care has been traditionally viewed as “alternative” therapy, emerging technology continues to refine, legitimize, and evolutionize the space. For instance, some chiropractic doctors are joining forces with doctors of medicine to provide the most comprehensive care and treatment plans for care.