Features of the Force Sensing Table Technology

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Use the Force!

"The combination of the force plate tables and adjusting mannequins should be a gold standard in educating students in our profession. It is extremely effective and makes learning fun.

I would have loved the opportunity to learn on something like this as a student."

Kathleen Linaker, DC, DACBR, PhD

To enhance students' manual treatment skills, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College integrated force plate technology into therapeutic tables to develop the Force Sensing Table Technology (FSTT).

These tables provide instantaneous data on loads transmitted by the student and their mentor with immediate feedback on results of their performance through a force-time profile.

The student's skills can be directly quantified and compared to expert force-time profiles. Students use this objective feedback to model desired behavior rather than rely on observational and intrinsic feedback alone.

A typical time-force profile for a manipulation includes:

  1. Pre-load force applied during the initial positioning and control of the patient's posture
  2. Rate of rise or "speed" of force production
  3. Peak amplitude of force
  4. Duration of the impulse component of the procedure

Benefits of FSTT:

  • Documents the student's progress in the learning of manipulation and other manual treatment methods
  • Enhances tutor coaching of methods
  • Enables standards of performance defined by faculty or based on the literature
  • Allows evaluation of procedures to all spinal regions
  • Evaluation of many extremity prcedures (may require accessories)

FSTT displays visual knowledge-of-results output, including:

  • Baseline preload values
  • Presence or absence of dip in preload values
  • Force amplitude
  • Rate-of-rise in force
  • Moment loads (may require user input of patient configuration and location of load application site)
  • Direction of impulse
  • Digitizing function

FSTT saves these results for reflective practice and contrasting with new efforts. It also provides for High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) manipulation, mobilization and continuous recording emulation modes.

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