How might patients benefit from instrument spinal adjusting rather than manual adjusting?
The first two parts in this series focused on the benefits of instrument adjusting versus manual adjusting from the standpoint of physics and the chiropractor’s bottom line. However, what about benefits for patients? How might patients benefit from instrument spinal adjusting rather than manual adjusting? In fact, there are several benefits for patients in favor of instrument adjusting.
Doctor of last resort
No patient wants to undergo a painful or difficult procedure. This may be particularly true if you are the “doctor of last resort.” By the time patients come to see you, they may have been through a number of medical specialists, such as internists, orthopedists, or pain specialists, receiving no real answers. By this point, they are desperate for an answer, and may be wary, or even fearful, of chiropractic.
With all of this in mind, the last thing you want to do is put these patients through any more unnecessary pain or trauma. As seen in Part 1 of this series, the physics of instrument adjusting is far superior to manual adjusting in terms of less discomfort and greater ease and safety for the patient.
Another patient benefit is that instrument adjusting lends credence to the field of chiropractic as a whole, and specifically to you as its practitioner. Let’s be honest: some people still think of chiropractic as nothing more than “cracking backs.” Manual adjusting may be seen as old fashioned compared to all the technology available in a primary care physician’s office.
Being able to incorporate instrument adjusting into your practice will make you appear more high tech and cutting edge to your patients. Once patients see how much better they feel after an instrument adjustment compared to a manual one, they will begin to see you and the level of care you provide in a more positive way. It may also give them an increased sense of comfort and safety, adding to their belief that chiropractic is not a mysterious art form, but is grounded in scientific research and knowledge.
Some patients you encounter may be wary and uncertain about chiropractic. Using instrument adjusting may help foster the healing power of chiropractic to patients and finally give patients the results they have been seeking. Instrument adjusting is not only more safe and effective than manual adjusting, it may also provide an increased level of authority to chiropractic.