Hippocrates (460 to 357 BC), the Greek physician whose appreciation for the spine’s importance is well, documented, declared “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.” Fundamentally this remains a truism; however, techniques of examination, investigation, diagnosis and treatment are far improved from those millennia past.
Diagnostic Intelligence is the Key
The trend in modern chiropractic methods is towards “evidence-based therapy” as opposed to skeletal manipulation and a sort of cause-&-effect approach to identification and treatment of conditions. Along with this has gone progress measurement without any sureness that it is, in fact, the treatment that is causing the relief.
A modern chiropractor will endeavour to gather information about the condition at all stages, particularly in advance of commencing treatment and will also endeavour to add to this body of knowledge throughout the treatment process monitoring progress (or lack thereof) in terms of a whole host of possible influences, some of which may not be therapy-related.
Along with these benefits, the modern chiropractor will also engage technology in his or her work, particularly in terms of engaging other disciplines like exercise routines and nutrition regimes, which can now even be monitored online, so therapy can, these days, be extended away from the chiropractor’s rooms and into the home. Technology also has a part to play in terms of laser treatments and other machinery and equipment developed to augment the chiropractors’ sphere of influence. Modern day chiropractic therapy is no longer craft alone, but a whole spectrum of tools, record-keeping and analysis technologies that Hippocrates would have given a left arm for.