The Arthrostim adjustment instrument is a gentle yet powerful tool for delivering fast, low-force controlled adjustments. This hand-held, non-invasive chiropractic technique is effective for treating sports injuries, auto accident injuries and personal injuries. Patients who suffer from knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain and frequent headaches may all benefit from Arthrostim therapy.
Your chiropractor may use the Arthrostim Instrument by itself, or in combination with other adjusting methods, depending on the approach they feel is best for your care.
Benefits of chiropractic adjusting instruments include a more specific and targeted force application, controlled force and speed. These benefits culminate in easier adjustments on patients and the doctor too. Instrument adjusting is more patient-friendly for some and able to help patients who might otherwise never seek chiropractic care. In part, this attraction may be the lower force that is required for adjustment when compared to manual adjusting.
As opposed to traditional chiropractic adjustment techniques, use of the Arthrostim does not cause the same popping and cracking noises in the joint that can make some people feel uneasy. It is a gentle, mechanical method of easing the joints back into alignment that is basically an extension of the chiropractor’s hands. Your chiropractor can exert just the right amount of pressure needed by adjusting the force of the thrust up or down from merely a few ounces all the way up to 40 pounds, and it works on a wide range of body areas, not only on the spine.
An Arthrostim adjustment involves the use of these special instruments. It has an appearance similar to a drill, and is held in a similar manner. What it does is produce a speedy thrust and recoil motion, similar to the way a chiropractor uses their hands to adjust the vertebrae in your back. The benefit of the instrument is that it performs this high-velocity, low-amplitude motion 12 times per second, and is targeted to a very small area. The force of the thrust radiates through the joint and the tissues that surround it, releasing trigger points that are often the cause of muscle spasms.
The Arthrostim’s movement stimulates the patient’s special sensory nerve receptors, called proprioceptors, which are responsible for detecting the proper motion and alignment of the body’s muscles and joints, signalling that all is well; however, at the same time it avoids stimulating the nociceptors, the sensory nerve receptors responsible for sending pain signals to the central nervous system.