As technology advances, Chiropractic has researched new ways to provide gentle, safe and more accurate treatment to patients. As you can imagine, we see many different types of people of all ages, shapes and sizes every day, each with different sensitivity levels and pain thresholds. While we provide manual adjustments on request, with such a wide variety of patient needs, sometimes the manual adjustment a chiropractor can provide might not be appropriate for everyone, which is why we use a tool like the ArthroStim Instrument to enhance their treatment sessions.
The ArthroStim Instrument, is a handheld machine with similarities to the Pro-Adjuster, Activator and Impulse devices, that aids in performing adjustments without twisting, high force or manipulation. This effective tool delivers 12-14 incremental thrusts per second, making it much faster than a typical single thrust administered by a chiropractor. By dividing the energy of a single thrust into rapid successive inputs, the ArthroStim Instrument modulates the force applied in treatment, but in highly accurate and comfortable application.
In order to understand how an ArthroStim Instrument works, you must understand how chiropractic adjustments work. A chiropractic adjustment produces precise movements which stimulate ‘neural receptors’ in an injured/affected area. These receptors will then produce nerve impulses which transmit important information to the brain. The brain will process this information and use it to update its awareness about the condition of an area. Once the brain evaluates the changes prompted by the adjustment, it can begin sending out self-correcting commands to the muscular system, and other systems, to bring about healing within your body. The ArthroStim is a safe way to administer these adjustments, but it is faster, highly comfortable and efficient due to its controlled repetitive input. This input produces a ‘snowballing’ effect on neural receptors and allows it to transmit more information to the brain with less effort, pain, and force.
The ArthroStim Instrument allows us to maintain the effectiveness of your treatment while greatly reducing the amount of force that is applied, which makes it easier to use on a wide variety of conditions and ailments. Individuals that may especially benefit from the use of the ArthroStim Instrument include:
While the sensitivity of the instrument allows us to see very young and elderly patients, even people who are larger and stronger and therefore more difficult to adjust from a standard single thrust will benefit from the ‘neurological assist’ that the ArthroStim Instrument provides.
Pros: Instrument-assisted adjustments such as those provided when using an ArthroStim instrument can deliver the same amount of force as a manual adjustment focused on a smaller area. This results in lower impact adjustments, which can be very meaningful if the patient has recently been in an automobile accident or if they’re elderly. Instruments like the ArthroStim have an increased degree of accuracy. Smaller, more targeted adjustments also result in quicker adjustments, giving you more time to investigate the problem, discuss care options with your patient, and spend more time on the other aspects to the chiropractic visit.
The Science Behind ArthroStim Instruments
The ArthroStim instrument is a chiropractic adjustment instrument that is reported to be as effective at relieving pain than manual adjustments. The ArthroStim can apply pressure ranging from a few ounces to up to 40 pounds of force to a very targeted point on the body. The ArthroStim instrument delivers thrusts at a rate of 12-14 hertz. This is a higher frequency than many other chiropractic adjustment instruments.