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The idea that a chiropractor would make an “adjustment” along your back and spine might have you believing this is purely a hands-on type of practice. However, there are actually several different technologically advanced devices that help a chiropractor make a complete assessment of their patients’ conditions.
A thermal scanner is used to measure various degrees of skin temperature. With these measurements, a chiropractic doctor can assess a patient’s autonomic nervous system function to determine where the hot zones of pain or tenderness are indicated. The information collected by a thermal scanner is compared against the data compiled by the Journal of Neurosurgery and helps provided a targeted approach for adjustments.
The Algometer is another device that puts into practice the very best of health informatics. This is the melding of computer science and health care. The Algometer tests for the sensitivity of paraspinal tissues. The readouts then allow the doctor to determine the exact level of pressure that should be applied to tender areas. This is referred to as the Pressure Pain Threshold, or PPT. Letting the Algometer map a patient’s back allows for a more informed approach for physical therapy.
Finally, a Pulse Wave Profiler, or PWP, is another device that can help measure the autonomic nervous system through the recording of a patient’s heart rate variability measurements. A chiropractic doctor can use an accurate HRV reading to assess the baseline of a patient’s resting state versus their pain levels. These readings can then provide the patient with a sense of how effective their treatment has been when they can compare the before and after numbers.
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