It’s a common belief that all the work a chiropractor does is performed with their bare hands. The truth is, like any medical practitioner, there is a range of equipment they can use to help provide care. You may not expect to discover just how diverse their toolkit is. We’re going to introduce you to some of the tools used to deliver quality chiropractic care.
Common Tools Of The Chiropractic Trade
When you stop in at your chiropractor’s office, it’s not surprising if you find them a bit bare. The overall majority of the work done by your chiropractor will be done with their hands and body mechanics. As chiropractic care advances, new techniques and tools are being introduced. The simplest involves little more than a strap or a wedge to properly position the patient for adjustment. Even more fundamental to the treatment process is your chiropractor’s treatment table. However, these are just the tip of the iceberg of what’s being used in modern chiropractic. Consider the following:
- Activator Adjusting Tools – While the chiropractor’s hands are their most important tool, a more precise touch is sometimes needed. The activator adjusting tool allows your chiropractor to target a single vertebra for adjustment with low levels of force. Adjustments are accomplished without impacting the surrounding muscles, making the process more comfortable.
- Ultrasound – Ultrasound technology has found its way into many medical professions. In chiropractic, this tool is used to reduce inflammation. It accomplishes this by gently vibrating the muscles in a way that can ease muscle spasms, reduce pain, and ease stiffness.
- Impulse Adjusting Instrument – This is a more versatile version of the activator adjusting tool. Unlike the above tool, which uses a mechanical spring to deliver force, this is electronic. It is used when greater levels of force are required but still need to be delivered to a precise location. In some practices, your chiropractor may use this tool in preference over the spring-activated one.
- Pro-Adjuster – This is a tool that is used alongside the adjustment tools. Using this tool, they can gather information about the area being adjusted and determine the precise pressure required. This allows the impulse adjusting instrument to be used with even lower degrees of force and greater precision.
- TENS Machine – Tens Machines use electrical stimulation to ease the muscles and nerves throughout your body. Using this machine to ease the tension in your muscles makes it easier to adjust.
These tools are all important parts of your chiropractor’s tool kit. Using these resources, they can provide superior levels of care during each visit.
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We know that it’s essential for our patients to know what they can expect at a whole wellness visit. Chiropractic care is a central part of the road to whole-body wellness. Reach out to our office so we can schedule a consultation and introduction to our staff and the equipment we’ll use.