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Chiropractic Adjusting Tools
GUIDE TO CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Many people deal with chronic pain. Even though pain is common, it is not a normal state of being. Chiropractic care has been around for hundreds of years, and science is just starting to discover all of the ways that it can benefit your overall health and well-being.
What Are Chiropractic Adjustments?
Chiropractic adjustments are a type of manipulation of the spine. The theory behind chiropractic care is that a misalignment of your vertebrae causes intense or prolonged pain in the neck or back, which can lead to numbness, tingling, soreness and stiffness in your soft tissues. Manipulation of the spine helps it get back into its proper alignment, alleviating the pressure on nerves and soft tissues.
THE BASICS ABOUT CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS
Most Common Techniques Used in Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors use several techniques during treatment sessions. Those techniques include the Gonstead technique, manual manipulation, drop table, activator, and decompression manipulation. Activator manipulation involves the use of treatment supplies known as chiropractic adjustment tools that deliver gentle impulses to the spine. This type of tool is often used on the elderly and for treating people with headaches. The other techniques are hands-on approaches for applying pressure that realigns the vertebrae.
Side Effects of Chiropractic Adjustments
The spinal manipulation of chiropractic care is generally regarded as safe, but there are a few side effects that you should know. Manipulation of the spine could cause a temporary increase in pain. This should only last for a few hours and can be temporarily treated with oral or topical analgesics. Another side effect that some people experience from chiropractic care is short-term discomfort or muscle stiffness. A few people develop a headache or feel tired after spinal manipulation.
Who Should Consider Chiropractic Care?
Anyone who frequently has stiffness or pain in their back or neck should consider chiropractic care. People who have had a muscle or other type of soft tissue injury after an auto accident, fall or surgical procedure could also benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of spinal manipulation. People who have tried other methods of getting rid of their pain should also consider chiropractic care. If pain relief medications only help your symptoms a little, you may find that adding chiropractic care to your regimen helps your situation a great deal.
Conditions Treated by Chiropractic Care
Neck pain is one of the most common conditions treated by chiropractic care. An auto accident, slip and fall, or poor posture may cause chronic neck pain. A pinched nerve can cause sudden neck pain. Back pain is another common reason why people seek chiropractic care. Some of the other conditions treated by chiropractic adjustments include:
Many other conditions also benefit from chiropractic adjustments, including:
- Chest pain
- Jaw pain
- Hip pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Muscle strains
BENEFITS OF CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT
There are many benefits to getting spinal manipulation for your pain. You can have chiropractic care a few times per week in the early stages of healing after an injury. It can be combined with other types of care, such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications. Headaches are difficult for traditional medicine to treat, but chiropractic care lessens their frequency and severity. Chiropractic care may also lower your blood pressure. As a non-invasive treatment, chiropractic care may be safer for people who are at risk of complications of surgery. People who cannot tolerate the side effects of pain relief medications may also benefit from the minimal side effects of chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic treatment reduces inflammation throughout the body, so treatment on your neck might also help with your wrist or elbow pain.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What types of tools do chiropractors use?
Undoubtedly, chiropractors' most essential tools are their hands. However, a chiropractic adjusting tool is crucial to many chiropractors' treatment regimens. This device is a hand-held spring-loaded tool used to help the doctors realign vertebrae as part of the Activator Method. To add a level of comfort to the execution of the adjustment, practitioners use a chiropractic adjustment tool equipped with palm and finger pads. Other vital tools in a chiropractic practice are computers with a cloud-based electronic health records (E.H.R.) system for recordkeeping, a digital X-ray machine for diagnostics/spinal alignment assessments, and chiropractic tables.
Which adjusting tool brand is preferred by most chiropractors?
The Activator® brand is usually at the top of chiropractor adjustment tool rankings. Created by Dr. Arlan Fuhr, DC., the Activator® I Adjusting Tool With Palm and Finger Pads is a cordless, high-speed, low-force adjusting tool that consistently emits electronic pulses with one button push. As a result, it accurately delivers healing treatment to injuries of the spine and extremities. The original Activator® I was the first instrument of its type. Today, it is still the preferred adjustment tool of many chiropractic practitioners. It is lightweight with variable settings, adjustable extensions, and ergonomically designed handles.
What are the differences between the various versions of the Activator adjustment tool series?
To date, there are five versions of the Activator® adjustment tool. The original Activator® 1 is a hand-held device that allows practitioners to deliver high-speed and low force in an anvil-style motion to precise degrees. The Activator® II Chiropractic Adjusting Instrument with Palm and Finger Pads offers the same benefits plus the adjustability to accommodate pediatric, geriatric, and small-framed patients. Next, the Activator® IV separates itself from the earlier versions with an expanded range of force settings (1-4) designated for four areas of the spine. On the other hand, the Activator® V comes with the benefits of the prior models, except this gun-shaped version produces the electronic thrust with the push of a trigger-like button. This feature reduces the stress on the doctors' hands.
How does a chiropractic adjustment tool work?
A chiropractic adjustment tool is the pivotal part of the activator method, which provides low-force impulses at high speed to a specific area of the patient's spine. Since practitioners localize the force, it doesn't add extra torque to the patient's joints. The treatment starts at the lower and ends at the base of the patient's skull. Throughout the procedure, chiropractors apply the activator adjustment instrument in spots, never on the joint or nearby tissues. As a result, the patient typically feels a tapping sensation. This painless response is due to the fast delivery of the low-force — it happens so quickly that the muscles don't have time to spasm.
Is a chiropractic punch tool safe for home use?
Studies show that using the chiropractic punch tool in the F.D.A.-approved activator adjustment method is just as effective as traditional techniques. However, experts believe that the only way to get the actual benefits from the adjustment method is through the care of a doctor with special training. Practitioners achieve certification by receiving a proficiency rating in the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique.
What makes the cracking sound during chiropractic adjustments?
Spinal joints produce synovial fluid, a mixture of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. This vital fluid lubricates the joints to keep the spine functional. However, when a person gets an adjustment, the spinal joints slightly separate, resulting in a pressure drop in the synovial fluid between the joints, releasing gas bubbles that pop.
Which replacement parts are available for adjustment tools?
Where can I buy chiropractor tools?
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