As technology advances, so do chiropractic techniques. Instrument adjusting has become the fastest growing form of chiropractic manipulation due to its precision, comfort, safety and results for the patient. The chiropractic instruments of choice are the ArthroStim and VibraCussor.
An ArthroStim adjustment involves the use of one of these special instruments. 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.
As opposed to traditional chiropractic adjustment techniques, use of 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. Dr. JoAnn Giesenhaus 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 the spine.
Studies have shown that the instrument adjusting is a precise and effective way to adjust the body for easing pain and increasing range of motion in patients. Its speed, gentleness and accuracy are also recommended for populations that may have trouble with the use of traditional chiropractic techniques, such as children and the elderly.
The ArthroStim’s movement stimulates the patients special sensory nerve receptors, called proprioceptors, which are responsible for detecting the proper motion and alignment of the body’s muscles and joints and at the same time it avoids stimulating the nociceptors, which are the sensory nerve receptors responsible for sending pain signals to the central nervous system.
If this seems like a form of treatment you may be interested in, consult with Dr. JoAnn Giesenhaus to see if ArthroStim is a good fit for your treatment regimine.