BENEFITS & uSAGE OF THE ARTHROSTIM
As technology advances, the doctors at Bandana Wellness might discover new ways to provide treatment to our patients. As you can imagine, we see many different types of people of all shapes and sizes every day, each with different sensitivity levels and pain thresholds. With such a wide variety of patient needs, sometimes the manual adjustment a chiropractor can provide might not be as effective or efficient, which is why your doctor might use a tool like the Arthrostim Instrument to enhance their treatment sessions.
What is the Arthrostim?
The ArthroStim Instrument is a handheld machine that aids your chiropractor in performing adjustments. This powerful tool delivers 12-14 incremental thrusts per second, making it much stronger and 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 your physician applies in treatment, but in a much more comfortable and effective manner.
How does it work?
In order to understand how an Arthrostim Instrument works, you have to understand how chiropractic adjustment works. 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 just another way to administer these adjustments, but it can make things faster, more 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’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, signaling 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.
What are the benefits?
The ArthroStim Instrument allows your doctor 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.
Providing an impulse that radiates through a joint and surrounding tissues reducing joint dysfunction and positively influencing the nervous system.
Stimulating mechanoreceptors responsible for detecting the proper motion and alignment of the body’s muscles and joints.
Improving balance, coordination, posture, kinesthetic sense and proprioception
Releasing trigger points
Individuals that may especially benefit from the use of the ArthroStim Instrument include:
Infants and young children
Individuals with acute or extreme pain
Particularly sensitive individuals
Individuals who dislike being “cracked”
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.
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.
Typically, the doctors at Bandana Wellness might use the ArthroStim Instrument by itself or in combination with other adjusting techniques, but of course this will depend on the approach they feel is best for your specific treatment.