As a chiropractor, you know the industry is constantly evolving and changing. Just as you’ve fully implemented one new treatment style or philosophy into your practice, the industry is abuzz with another cutting-edge trend. But while some products and processes are all-new, some are simply a refresh of existing treatments and ideologies.
This year, successful chiropractors are using a little of both. To help you improve client outcomes in 2017, here are the five current most popular trends for chiropractors.
1. Wearable Technology
The recent proliferation of wearable smart devices is one of the greatest trends the health and wellness industry has ever experienced. Not only do smartwatches and fitness trackers tap into your clients’ natural competitive nature by setting activity goals, but it can also provide you with a wealth of data about a user’s habits.
From heart rate to exercise, chiropractors have discovered these devices provide them with meaningful information that opens the lines of communication about their clients’ care plan and ensures you can keep them on pace to achieve more positive outcomes.
2. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
While HIIT (also called sprint interval training, or SIT) has been a cornerstone of cardio training for several years, a recent surge in popularity drove healthcare experts to do more research into this workout style. HIIT involves short bursts of high-intensity, heart-pumping exercise followed by short periods of rest.
Scientists found HIIT works, and can help people achieve their fitness goals through shorter workouts. Chiropractors can use HIIT to help clients create a plan that simultaneously reduces heart disease and increases physical endurance without requiring more than 30 minutes of a clients’ day.
Humans have been practicing yoga for more than 4,000 years, so it’s not exactly a “new” trend. But, like HIIT, this exercise style has experienced a boost in popularity in the past decade.
Successful chiropractors have been lauding yoga for decades, citing its many health benefits which makes it the perfect accompaniment to any chiropractic plan. By helping improve flexibility and range of motion, recommending yoga to your clients can help improve outcomes and increase satisfaction with their care plan.
4. Diet and Nutrition
As the demand for natural alternatives rises, chiropractors today are incorporating more nutritional guidance into their plans. This often comes in the form of dietary supplement recommendations and advice on dietary choices.
While helping clients improve their diet and nutritional habits goes beyond solving their chiropractic needs, a client with a strong, lean body that is more resistant to disease will undoubtedly experience better outcomes than a client with poor eating habits.
As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
5. Light Therapy
Cold lasers and other forms of light therapy are effective in reducing pain in the back, neck, and other areas that often become sore from injury and overuse. Treatment is quick, non-invasive, and does not cause clients pain or discomfort.
In addition, investigating current literature and treatment analysis of the use of varying wavelengths of Light therapy could prove to be beneficial and profitable for both you and your patient. There are now Light Therapy devices on the market that offer different wavelengths of light, all in one device (red, blue, and IR). Each wavelength penetrates into the tissue at different depths with different benefits. Research on Blue Light published in the US National Library of Medicine website indicates that Blue Light has a fungicidal effect and has even been effective in killing MRSA.
Overall, the top trends for chiropractors in 2017 combine existing conventions with new technology and research to help increase the power of traditional chiropractic plans. By adopting these trends into your current practices, you can improve client experiences and produce better outcomes.
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