There’s no question that the most important chiropractic tools or equipment are the trained practitioner’s own hands. While performing adjustments, however, or running a chiropractic office, there are certain other chiropractic tools can aid in running a chiropractic office efficiently.
- Chiropractic Tables
One of the most crucial tools in any office are chiropractic tables. The types of tables found in a practice may depend on a chiropractor’s personal preference or techniques used. Different tables serve different purposes, such as the traction table for decompression or the drop table to add extra force for the adjustment by way of gravity.
- Activator Adjustment Tool
Then there’s the activator adjustment tool, which permits the doctor to realign vertebrae by sending a low amount of force into the back.
- Electronic Impulse Adjusting Instrument
While the activator adjustment tool is spring-loaded, that’s not the case with the electronic impulse adjusting instrument. This instrument, although similar to the activator adjustment tool, lets the chiropractor use greater yet painless force in treating back problems.
- Pro Adjuster
The pro adjuster is a tool that works with software, so the chiropractor may test an area electronically prior to the adjustment. This aids in determining the exact amount of force necessary for a particular patient.
Today’s chiropractors often rely on electrotherapy to treat patient pain. Electrotherapy prompts the body to release endorphins for pain reduction and to reduce the level of pain signals sent to the brain. The types of electrotherapy chiropractors choose depends on their primary patient populations and their own preferences. The most common types of electrotherapy equipment include:
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
With Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy, electrodes are placed within a belt-like item worn around the back. TENS units vary in size and strength and come as battery-operated units that patients can use at home or work. These devices allow the patient to control stimulation when experiencing pain episodes.
- Interferential Current
Interferential current (IFC) is another type of TENS therapy. This mode uses high frequency electrical impulses to reduce pain deep within a patient’s tissue.
- Cold Laser
The cold laser produces light without heat. That makes it a worthwhile piece of equipment for treating injured areas and encouraging cell function and healing.
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
Sound waves allow therapeutic ultrasound to send heat deep into tissues, reducing pain and stiffness and also increasing circulation.
- Electromyography (EMG)
Surface EMG devices such as MyoVision measure the electrical impulses of muscle contraction.
- Diagnostic Thermal Imaging
Diagnostic thermal imaging, featuring products made by Insight or Tytron, scans the nervous system, allowing the doctor to determine how the nervous system functions and responds.
Inclinometers measure and evaluate the range of motion in joints.
- SOT Blocks
SOT blocks help keep the pelvis and spine aligned without the use of force.
- Wobble Chairs
Wobble chairs, with their bike-like seats and great degree of rotation, aid in regenerating degenerated spinal discs.
- Traction Units
Traction units can help patients with either back or cervical pain.
- Exercise Therapy Equipment
Exercise therapy equipment, such as exercise balls, vibe plates and TheraBand, can aid in rehabilitation and strengthening.
Other Chiropractic Supplies
Ice and heat therapy are integral components of chiropractic. This means the office needs to keep plenty of such chiropractic supplies on hand, including gel packs, wraps, and heating pads. There are also the back braces, abdominal supports, and neck orthopedic products. Other chiropractic supplies an office could keep in stock include specialty pillows and cushions, assorted types of tapes and bandages, decompression and traction materials, table face paper, electrodes, and various pain relief ointments and gels. If you sell nutritional supplements as part of the practice, keep these items in stock and show them in the appropriate display shelving for your clients.
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