Having as much information on hand as possible can be critical for DCs to provide the best care to patients.
Traditional, manual methods provide clinicians with some information, but technological advancements mean that DCs can gather far more detailed information. Computer-assisted tools can deliver measurable, exact, precise adjustments.
With a traditional, manual adjustment, patients hear and feel immediate changes. When DCs use instruments to perform adjustments, however, patients may wonder if anything changed—until, of course, they feel less pain. With computer-assisted instruments, DCs can see a graphical representation of the spine, make adjustments as needed, and then see a graphical representation of the results of the adjustment—and can share that information with the patient.
When patients understand what is causing their pain, as well as how the treatment works, overall satisfaction goes up. Additionally, many people still view chiropractic care suspiciously. Being able to demonstrate exactly what happens during an adjustment helps alleviate those suspicions.
One example of a computer-assisted system is the Sigma Adjusting System, which is part of the larger Sigma Instrument Methods. The system is backed by a sophisticated software package and allows for an analysis prior to the adjustment. Combining the knowledge of the DC with the information available through advanced technology means the patient will likely enjoy the best outcome.
According to Sigma, the analysis function of the instrument isolates segments where the frequency response is different than expected. It then calculates the adjustment based on parameters the DC sets. The adjustment is delivered through “precise, quantified, and reproducible low force, resonant percussive impulses,” according to the website.
The combination of the DC’s expertise and the advanced technology of the software results in relief for the patient, both mentally and physically. Although relief is important for every patient, the precision of computer-assisted tools means that even those who are frail or in extreme pain can be treated without fear of additional pain.
One of the key components for successfully using computer-assisted instruments is proper training. If you are considering purchasing any new tool or instrument, it is important to make sure that you will be able to access the training necessary to use it. In the case of Sigma, a team of trainers is available, as is a free introductory course and a full CE course.
Adding computer-assisted instruments to a practice gives clinicians more information about patients’ conditions, the effectiveness of treatments, and the amount of force and pulse required to make the proper adjustments. With the right tools and the right training, DCs can more easily deliver treatment, and patients will have better outcomes.