Was the hands-on aspect of chiropractic care one of the main elements that drew you to the field? While it's true that physical manipulation is one of the prime chiropractic techniques, advanced technology also has its place in the chiropractic office. Modern technologic instruments can increase efficiency and promote more positive patient outcomes. In this article are five cutting-edge technologies that will advance your practice and put you at the forefront of success.

1. The Astro Hylo Adjusting Table

Hydraulically powered, this table takes your patient smoothly from standing to prone. It also enables you to adjust the table height for optimal body mechanics. Speed is variable and controlled with a single foot pedal. Chest and pelvic sections are vertically adjustable to promote the comfortable, safe treatment of pregnant patients.

Table length can be manually adjusted to accommodate patients from 4'10" to 6'6". Other standard features of this table are a tilting headpiece, adjustable ankle rest, and tilt safety switch. Optional add-ons include automatic and manual cocking drops for all sections, spring chest breakaway, and flexion headpiece.

2. Chiro8000 Practice Management Software

This Microsoft Certified Software has three packages specifically designed for the chiropractic office.

Professional Package: This software manages your billing and claims. It generates bills and patient statements, tracks receivables, and stores patient data.

Propel Package: This package targets practice management. It incorporates the features of the professional package and adds software for scheduling, reminders, and patient recalls. It creates marketing and analytical reports. It stores notes and mailing lists. Propel also provides tips on planning and setting practice goals.

Premiere Edition: This Chiro 8000 option includes all the features of the Professional and Propel Packages and adds patient medical records. It enables faster, facilitated charting. A unique component is a Patient Kiosk, which enables your patient to electronically input their demographics, family history, medical history, symptoms, and chief complaint. At subsequent appointments, a patient can add updates on treatment results.

3. Pulstar G3 Precision Adjuster

This technology takes spinal measurements and identifies spinal pathology. It is used to diagnose, monitor, and correct vertebral subluxation. The Pulstar G3 is a hand-held instrument applied along the spinal column which records local temperature and muscle tension. Electrical impulses are then targeted to the spinal levels needing adjustment. Post-treatment analysis by the Precision Adjuster re-assesses temperature and stiffness, and displays results. Spinal levels are color-coded for ease of viewing.

The degree of force administered can be adjusted to patient comfort and population, including children. Results are repeatable with a high level of accuracy that parallels exam findings and patient feedback. The unit can be used simultaneously with office EMR, Skype, and any other web technology. Easy-to-read graphics enhance patient education regarding their condition and treatment.

4. Low-Level Laser Therapy

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) uses red and near-infrared light to aid healing. It does this by increasing circulation, delivering oxygen and nutrients to injured areas. Laser light energy is absorbed and converted into biochemical energy, which stimulates cells. The deeper penetration provided by LLLT enables faster results than with other light modalities. Patients report decreased muscle spasm, stiffness, and pain following treatment. Power is adjustable for use in a wide variety of protocols.

Unlike surgical lasers, LLLT does not break the skin. LLLT is also known as non-thermal, low-intensity, low-power, cold laser, soft, and biostimulation laser. LLLT treatment is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

5. Quantum Chiro Dx

Digital radiography is an affordable alternative to traditional film x-rays. Although previously very costly for the chiropractor, digital radiography has been specifically re-designed for the private practitioner. The Chiro Dx system incorporates a vertical wall stand, radiographic generator, computer workstation, and display monitor.

One benefit of this system is safety. You don't have to leave the room while an image is being processed. The digitizer is compact and solves the problem of space limitations. Images are rendered in less than 6 seconds and are of consistently high quality. The system is easy to install and maintain. Another advantage is increased speed of diagnosis. Verification is almost instantaneous.

Be assured that the above technology will not detract from a hands-on, personalized approach to chiropractic care. Your patients will still seek you out as a preferred provider. In addition, they'll be even more pleased with the improved comfort and quicker results they enjoy. Your patients' glowing responses will expand your practice. Word-of-mouth is the best form of advertising. It's also the highest measure of success.

Author's Bio: 

A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.