Scared of Getting Adjusted? Try an Instrument Adjustment.

An instrument adjustment can be a great alternative to manual manipulation for those who can’t tolerate or don’t want manual techniques. Some people are afraid of getting their neck adjusted manually and would prefer a neutral position treatment to the joints in the neck. While those manual treatments are very safe, we still like to provide alternatives so that patient comfort and values are met and respected. In our office, we offer a few different types of instrument adjustments (via different units) to better serve our patients and community. Today, I’d like to discuss some of the different instrument adjustment options available in our office.

The first type of instrument that we use is the PulStar instrument. This computer controlled instrument adjustment is delivered by a computerized unit which gives single and repetitive thrusts to the joints of the spine with varying degrees of speed and intensity. The computer and instrument will do a preliminary scan and will identify the areas of the spine that are have joint fixations. The instrument then delivers motion to the joint in order to decrease pain and joint stiffness and increase range of motion. Dr. Krichbaum has been utilizing it in his practice for over 20 years. He first discovered it at a conference and realized that he felt better getting treated by it than he did with traditional hands-on manual techniques. This is not an uncommon observation and many of our patients have found that they get better results with an instrument based adjustment.

The Pulstar adjusting instrument.

The 2nd type of instrument utilized in our office is the Impulse adjusting instrument. This instrument is similar to the Pulstar in that it utilizes computer controls to deliver specific frequencies and forces in the thrust in order to achieve maximum therapeutic relief and motion in the joint. A short, rapid succession of moments by the adjusting head with change in frequency to match the movement of the joint. I personally use this instrument in my office every day and I find that patients who cannot tolerate or are scared of manual treatments tend to love the instrument. They often say that it leave them feeling relaxed and able to move further and with less pain.

Most instruments have secondary functions in that they can be used as percussive instruments to deliver myofascial release treatments. These treatments, along with our other treatment options, can be used to target the specific muscles and fascia that are caused the pain and dysfunction. I like to use it alongside dynamic and kinesiology taping, IASTM, and traditional myofascial released given by a trained massage therapist.

Instrument adjustments have been a great tool in our toolbelt for treating many of the various conditions that we see in our office every day. We want you feeling healthy and able to perform all the things that you want to in life. Healthy joints, muscles, and fascia are are a part of that plan to keep you moving. If you have an interest in learn more about instrument based treatments, or are looking for a qualified and experienced doctor to treat your musculoskeletal complaints via instrument adjusting, please call us at 907-222-2100 today.

Take care,


Kelly Ryan

P.S. – If you are interested we produced a short video on today’s blog for your viewing pleasure:

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