Measuring Postural Change with 3D Scans

Top 5 Tools Used by Chiropractors for Measure Postural Change

Chiropractors are healthcare professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders, with a focus on the spine. They use manual adjustments and other techniques to relieve pain, improve range of motion, and promote overall health and wellness. They also educate patients on proper posture, body mechanics, and lifestyle changes to help prevent future injury and improve overall health. 

What Tools are Used to Measure Posture? 

Chiropractors use several tools to track posture, including but not limited to:

  1. Posture evaluation software: This software uses a digital camera or other imaging technology to capture and analyze an individual's posture from different angles. These are often upgrades from the legacy grid systems used in the past. This may include free posture apps on a smartphone as well.
  2. Posture measurement devices: These devices, such as a goniometer or inclinometer, measure the angles of joints to determine the overall alignment of the spine and other joints.
  3. Pressure mats: These mats use sensors to measure the distribution of weight across the feet and provide information on how the body is compensating for imbalances in weight distribution.
  4. 3D Body Scanners: A recent addition to this space, full body scans provide a non-invasive 360 degree scan of one's body and is visually shown as a 3d avatar. Posture assessments are include as an overlay to the 3D avatar itself, giving the full benefits of a PAS ( Postural Assessment Software ) and the goniometer - without the inconsistency of human measurement.
  5. X-rays: While not commonly used for posture evaluation, X-rays can provide a clear picture of the alignment of the bones and joints and can help chiropractors determine the underlying causes of postural problems. These systems are the best for measuring inside the body, but also come with radiation, a very large footprint, and price tag.

It's important to note that the specific tools used by a chiropractor may vary based on the individual patient and their needs. The tools listed above are just a few examples of the types of tools that chiropractors may use to evaluate posture.

How Chiropractors are Utilizing 3D Body Scans

Chiropractors can use 3D body scans to show postural change by comparing scans taken at different points in time. 3D body scans use advanced imaging technology to create a detailed, three-dimensional representation of the body. By comparing scans taken before and after chiropractic treatment, chiropractors can show patients how their posture has changed and how their treatment has helped to improve it. This can be a powerful tool for motivating patients to continue with their treatment plan and to adopt healthy habits that can help prevent future injury and improve overall health.

The Fit3D scanner also provides a balance report from an integrated 4-point balance scale. This report in combination with the postural report can help weave a story how ones posture, and weigh distribution may contribute to any chronic pain a patient may have.

Additionally, 3D body scans can provide a wealth of information about a patient's body composition, including the distribution of fat and muscle mass, which can impact posture. By incorporating this information into their evaluation, chiropractors can develop more comprehensive treatment plans that address the underlying causes of postural problems, rather than simply treating symptoms. This can help patients achieve more lasting and effective results.

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