Each and every day, we use all of our five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. If you were to lose any of them, you’d certainly suffer in one way or another.
Sight, of course, is our most dominant sense, but science has shown that the sense of touch is nearly as important…though perhaps we may not often pause to think about what it would be like if we lost it.
Researchers show that certain baby animals die when they are deprived of touch from their mother and studies also show that humans who are deprived of similar touching tend to suffer from depression and other related disorders. Hence, it’s clean that our tactile sense is extremely important in nurturing.
However, it’s also quite important to learning.
Think about how a baby learns about life. Not only does she like to look at things with her eyes but also reaches out to touch whatever is in her path. And that pattern doesn’t change when we’re adults.
After all, who would be content admiring a fluffy little dog if they could also reach out and touch him as well?
Unfortunately, however, we’ve been using books, posters, and other 2D media for decades to educate individuals about all sorts of things, including how the body works. As chiropractors, we’ve presented our patients with verbal explanations of their problems, some pictures, and perhaps a few hand gestures.
Most patients will shake their heads in understanding as you launch into a diatribe about herniated discs, but will they truly understand?
That’s where 3D dynamic spine education models enter the picture. Going more than just one step further than those old teaching posters you may have on your wall, models such as those produced by Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) appeal to not only the patient’s sense of sight but also their sense of touch.
They can literally touch a model that long-time users say is closer to a real spine than any other tool they’ve ever used.
“It’s the best…..I particularly like the visualization of nerve and blood vessel ingrowth, and the contrasting physical “feel” of the ligamentum flavum and annulus fibrosus!”, said Michael A. Adams BSc PhD, Professor of Biomechanics at the Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
Adams and the many others who rave about ddd’s many single- and multi-level lumbar models are thrilled that both students of the spine and patients concerned about their own spinal health can hold these models in their hand and literally manipulate them, learning the particulars of problems such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and all sorts of other disorders that cause individuals to seek help from medical professionals.
One of the biggest challenges I have had with my patients is helping them understand what is happening to their spine.
– adds chiropractor Dr. Raymond Uhlmansiek of Florence, Kentucky, USA.
There are plenty of posters, pictures and apps that help people SEE what the problem is, but there is something about being able to hold a spinal model with your own hands and move it into different positions, especially one with as much detail as the Dynamic Disc Designs models. I recommend these models to all the docs I know!
Indeed, a doctor’s endorsement speaks volumes, but the satisfaction of your patients remains of the utmost importance. Investing in spine education models that give them the clearest picture of their spinal issues is well worth the money spent and will keep them coming back as you gain their trust and continue to provide helpful explanations and suggestions about their care.