Technological Evolution Within Chiropractic Care
In the realm of healthcare, we are seeing a dramatic transition towards the incorporation of technology in almost every facet of operations. Between applications of technology in administration, practice management, record keeping, and many more aspects or healthcare overall, it seems as if there are endless opportunities to use technology to streamline a certain process through technology.
Over the years, chiropractic care has been one part of the overall healthcare community that has generally held back regarding the incorporation of technology into practice. For so long, the only technology that chiropractors were willing to use in their diagnostics and care provisions were X-rays to see into the body and try to figure out where alignment problems were occurring. Today, chiropractic care finds itself immersed in the world of technology with potentially more room for technological development coming as time passes on.
Chiropractic has recently become technologically integrated in a variety of ways. Where chiropractors used to use strictly their hands to perform manual adjustments on the spine and extremities, they are now using technologically advanced instruments that are linked to computers, software, and other devices to achieve a high level of accuracy when performing adjustments.
In diagnostics, chiropractors are using technological components such as surface electromyography in order to see inside the patient’s body and gain an in-depth understanding of the patient’s muscle patterns before performing an adjustment.
In recordkeeping, chiropractic care clinics have fully fit electronic health records software, making patient records, treatment protocol, financial information, and everything else accessible from any computer or device in the entire practice. Even scheduling has evolved technologically, with chiropractic care facilities providing patients with online portals to schedule appointments rather than calling or stopping by to make an appointment.
Now that chiropractic professionals are understanding the importance of technology in their day-to-day operations, they are realizing just how much of a difference technology makes. With this realization, we can expect a growth in the use of technology in chiropractic care as well as continued innovation of all types of products, programs, and services that are designed specifically for this discipline of alternative medicine. While some doctors are concerned about certain tech developments in the health realm (think wearables and such), most innovations are being welcomed with open arms. As long as future tech can help the healing process, it can only be good for society.