- 85% of Americans will suffer incapacitating low back pain in their lifetime.
- 40% of Americans with back pain lasting more than two weeks will go to a chiropractor.
- 6.8% of the population suffers from back pain at any given time.
- Chiropractic is the second largest primary health care provider in the western world.
Where do you fit on this list?
Only the body can heal itself
The Science: Since its beginning, chiropractic has been based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body.
While the brain is protected by the skull, the spinal cord is more vulnerable, covered by 24 moving vertebrae. When these bones lose their normal motion or position, they can irritate the nervous system. This disrupts the function of the tissues or organs the nerves control, and is called the Vertebral Subluxation Complex or Subluxation Syndrome.
Chiropractic is the science of locating these areas of the spinal joint dysfunction, the art of correcting them, and the philosophy of things natural.
The Art: After a thorough examination and a review of your health history, your chiropractic doctor will recommend a specific care program. If yours is a chiropractic case, this will include specific spinal adjustments.
The words “chiropractic adjustment” describes was using a carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore spinal bones to a more normal position or motion. When spinal function is improved, nervous system function (health) can improve too.
After years of training, chiropractic doctors become experts at using the right amount of force in the right direction. This may require a quick movement or in other instances a slow and constant pressure. The chiropractic adjustment is truly an art.
The Philosophy: Your chiropractor will focus on reducing or removing any interferences to your own inborn healing abilities.
Your Nervous System controls everything.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific face that your nervous system controls the function of virtually every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of your body.
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What is ArthroStim Adjustment?
As part of instrument assisted adjustments, ArthroStim adjustment has paved a new way in chiropractic treatments. This method is performed by a handheld instrument which helps your chiropractor in modulating the force applied during the treatment in an effective manner.
Most people feel uneasy when their joints and trigger points are being ‘popped’ during traditional chiropractic treatments. ArthroStim helps patients feel comfortable as it does not make popping and cracking sounds during an adjustment.
While ArthroStim treatment is being performed, the chiropractor can exert the right amount of pressure needed to make the adjustments in your spinal cord and in other parts of the body. By using this instrument, chiropractors can increase the force, starting from a few ounces to up to 40 pounds. Moreover, these thrusts can focus on small areas helping your chiropractor reach body parts that are otherwise difficult to reach through manual adjustment treatments.
How Does the ArthroStim Instrument Work?
To understand how ArthroStim works, you would first need to understand how chiropractic treatments in general work.
Chiropractic adjustments create thrusts that trigger neural receptors of the affected area. These receptors then send signals to the brain about the pressure being exerted on the damaged area which is induced by these adjustments. The brain then sends commands to the muscular system to initiate the healing process within the body.
ArthroStim works on the same principle, but at a faster rate. As opposed to a single thrust being given by a chiropractor manually, this tool can deliver increments of 12 to 14 thrusts per second.
The energy is divided between these increments that would have been given by a single thrust in one go. With the help of these administered repetitive motions, receptors take less time and effort to deliver information to the brain.
The instrument itself looks like a drill and is also held like one. Undergoing instrument adjustment, such as ArthroStim adjustment, has lesser side-effects than that of a manual adjustment. You will also notice the difference between muscle soreness after an ArthroStim adjustment.