algometerWhile pain is far from the only symptom of paraspinal imbalance, it can often be the one that is the impetus for a patient seeking help. By mapping pain patterns and observing their improvement, chiropractors can gain insight into the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments and other therapies.

The INSiGHT™ Algometer is an essential component of the INSiGHT™ scanning system offered by Chiropractic Leadership Alliance (CLA). This piece of chiropractic equipment enables chiropractors to gauge improvements in pain levels even if they are not yet detectable to patients.

How does the INSiGHT™ Algometer work?

The INSiGHT™ Algometer is a hand-held piece of chiropractic equipment that measures the sensitivity of paraspinal tissues. This information essentially maps out pressure and pain sensitivity. With this device, chiropractors can establish a pain pressure threshold (PPT) by applying the 1 cm rubber-tipped stylus to tender areas along the spine. The INSiGHT™ Algometer can then record the amount of pressure (in pounds or kilograms) required to cause discomfort for the patient. All of this data is presented through easy-to-understand visual aids that clearly pinpoint areas that may require more attention during treatment. With CLA’s INSiGHT Scanning System, chiropractors can see changes in pain sensitivity along the spine, and can easily convey these results to their patients.

These readings can be performed consistently to track a patient’s progress throughout the course of care. In this way, chiropractors can supplement patient feedback with reliable clinical data for a more comprehensive picture of each individual’s pain progression. It’s important to note, though, that algometric readings can only measure paraspinal pain on pressure. They do not provide an accurate reading of constant pain.

Algometry is widely used by chiropractors to monitor pain improvement among patients who undergo manipulation, mobilization, and adjustments. This process has been reviewed by the Council on Chiropractic Practice Clinical Practice Guideline Vertebral Subluxation in Chiropractic Practice.

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Can the INSiGHT™ Algometer  stand alone as a chiropractic tool?

While algometry provides important insight into a patient’s pain progression, pain sensitivity is too complex a phenomenon to be monitored by one single test. Somatic and autonomic activity, as well as range of motion, all factor into pain sensitivity and can inform chiropractic care decisions while inspiring patients to continue with a given treatment. The greatest strength of CLA’s INSiGHT™ scanning system as a whole is that it allows chiropractors to collect and review quantifiable data on these important markers of overall wellness.  The INSiGHT™ provides a thorough analysis of a patient’s well-being that is easy for chiropractors and patients to understand and work from. In this way, chiropractors can establish a starting point from which to assess the effectiveness of their care and reassure patients that they are making progress on the path to a healthier lifestyle.

CLA’s innovative INSiGHT™ scanning system is helping chiropractors across the country and around the world clearly see the benefits of a healthier spine and nervous system. To learn more about this chiropractic technology, contact CLA today.