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Learn About Instrument Chiropractic Adjustment Techniques

Dr Troy Ryan is a chiropractor at Kambeitz Chiropractic Health and Wellness Center P.C.  He took some time to explain the computerized instrument adjustment at the clinic, the Pro Adjuster.

This is an alternative to the traditional chiropractic manipulation, or adjustment.  Some patients can be a little bit apprehensive or worried about being adjusted with traditional chiropractic.   With this style of adjusting there is no turning or twisting, and no sudden movements like you would have with a traditional adjustment.

A patient sits in the upright position, and rests their head into the cradle.

The device has a very sophisticated sensor that can measure and detect subluxations in the spine. Simply by placing this instrument on each vertebra in the spine, the sensor can pick up which levels of the spine are restricted in motion or fixated.  That readings and measurements from the sensor appears on the screen.   Using the screen the chiropractor can determine which areas of the spine I to adjust that day.  The chiropractor will place the instrument on the specific vertebrae that were selected, and can adjust the spine accordingly.

This instrument utilizes an oscillating force and taps 12 taps per second.  The computer itself, will turn off as soon as that vertebra is moving the way that it is supposed to be moving.  Once each vertebrae is adjusted, the chiropractor will move on to the next vertebrae that need adjustment, from the initial readings.

This method of adjusting is great for our pediatric patients, and even our geriatric patients, but really all of our patients benefit from this style of adjusting, especially patients that are in a lot of acute pain.

Treating Headaches with Chiropractic

If you suffer from frequent headaches and think you have tried everything, Dr. Jim Kambeitz explains how chiropractic care can help relieve headache pain.

Most people think that headaches are normal – just a fact of life. The headache however is a symptom from the body saying that something is off, causing the headache.

When treating headaches Dr Jim starts with a scan. The first diagram produced is from the subluxation scan to look at muscular tension in the neck (cervical vertebrae) that may be causing headaches.  Additionally the scan looks at symmetry of the vertebrae and which direction they are being pulled.

After looking at scan results the Dr will palpate the vertebrae to check how C1 and C2 are lined up. If there is tenderness, it is an area to be worked on with an adjustment. After checking out the cervical vertebrae the Dr will also look for tension in the jaw. A deviation may be seen from the digital x-ray.

A chiropractic adjustment can relieve pressure from a nerve that is being pinched by improving the alignment of the vertebrae. The nerve will therefore fire correctly and release pressure from muscles.

Adjustments have helped many of our clients, young and old, with their headaches.  Contact Kambeitz Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center at 303-790-6000 if you’re needing care.

Chiropractic FAQ’s

What is Chiropractic and how can it help me?

Chiropractic is the fastest growing and second largest primary health care profession. Chiropractic is based on the fact that an adjustment helps to facilitate better function with the nervous system.  The nervous system is the master system of the body and will aid in the nerves firing better to every organ tissue and cells of the body.  Chiropractic works on the true cause of pain malfunction.

I’ve never been adjusted before, what should I expect with my first adjustment?

With a manual adjustment you may hear a “pop” that is just a gas release.  The computerized adjustment mechanism will create a light tapping sensation that is comfortable, consistent and computerized.  Eighty percent of people will feel good after their first adjustment.  Ten percent may not feel anything and another ten percent may be a little sore.  This is comparable to working out or doing yard work for the first time.

Can you just “Pop” or “Crack” me?

We don’t just “pop” or “crack” anyone.  We perform an x-ray to look for any more serious underlying problems. We do a scan and palpate the spine to check for the “true” cause of the problem. Sometimes the pain is in a totally different area to cause your pain symptoms.

Chiropractic Bear

The chiropractic bear Dr Jim uses to show kids about their adjustment

Is Chiropractic good for my kids?

Chiropractic is an excellent choice for your kids because subluxations or misalignments can occur at any ate. We get great results for numerous health conditions such as headaches, ear infections, bed wetting, asthma, neck, low back, croup, colic, and learning disorders.  Kids love to get adjusted, it is very light and easy.  Dr. Kambeitz’s kids have all been adjusted since birth.

Do I need to get x-rays taken?

X-rays will help us to see what is going on with the disc and vertebrae. It helps us to see which way the vertebrae are misaligned so we can treat the cause of your pain.

Why do I need to get a scan?

The scan will tell us objective measure of how your body is functioning.  It gives a visual representation of how the nerves are firing to every organ and where there is muscular tension.  It helps to see how you are progressing and improving from your last scan.

Why does my second scan look worse than my first scan?

Scanner

Scanner used during exam

Your scan may look worse from certain stressors you have been going through.  Let’s take a look at your physical, mental, and chemical stressors to see where there could be an imbalance in your body. Sometimes your second scan can look worse, but we are actually “waking” up your nervous system to areas that may have been dormant or firing incorrectly for quite some time.

 

What is the Gonstead Method?

It is a manual adjusting technique that is very specific to the vertebrae that needs to be adjusted. You will typically hear a “popping” noise when you get adjusted, and that is just a “gas” release from the joint being adjusted.  This is a normal sound, nothing breaking or snapping.

When do I come back for my next appointment?

Your next appointment will be scheduled depending on the severity of the problem you are experiencing.  A patient with chronic versus acute pain will be treated differently?  At Kambeitz Chiropractic Health & Wellness Center P.C. we measure progress by subjective and objective measures.  Some of your objective measure are to look at your x-rays and see what your spinal health looks like.  We do a subluxation scan to see how your nervous system is functioning and with the computerized adjustment mechanism, we check for joint motion and can detect fixations.

Does my insurance cover Chiropractic? Are you in my network?

We will look into your insurance for you.  We are an out-of-network clinic. If you have out-of-network coverage we would be happy to bill your insurance for you. At our clinic we will give you recommendations on treatment based on our clinical findings and not based on your insurance coverage.

Is it alright if I only come two times this week, I have a meeting?

Well let’s see how your spine is doing. The patient is probably feeling better, but as stated before, we only feel 10% of what goes on in our body.  We will show you the joint fixations (subluxations) with patpation of the your spine and demonstrate where there is muscular tension/restrictions. Just as working out two times a week is alright, three workouts a week will get us better and quicker results.  We have hours available before and after most people’s work hours and lunch time appointments too.

Am I done with my treatment?

At our clinic you can be done with treatment at any point, however it depends on your health goals. Do you simply just want to be out of pain, if this is the case, the original proglem could return after a period of time or do you want to feel and function well all the time? If the latter is important, let’s check some objective measures to see how you are functioning. We can use the computerized adjustment mechanism to see function, palpation of hands and/or subluxation scan.

What is myo-therapy and why do I need it?

Myo-therapy bench

Your myo treatment will be in our new myo-therapy bay

Myo means muscle. We are going to work on the muscles to make sure your adjustments hold much better.  Muscles have memory and will keep pulling the vertebrae out of alignment.  It will create better balance in your body which will help with better function.

What kind of stretches do I do?

The doctor will be giving you light stretches to do once your range of motion starts getting a little easier and is painless.  These stretching sheets will show you how to perform the stretches correctly. Remember there should be “no Pain” when you do a stretch.

Do you offer massage therapy?

We do have massage therapists on staff.  Massage helps aid in the adjustments holding correctly because it decreases the chances that muscle memory will pull the muscle to one side.  It will help with joint motion and flexibility which will help the nerves firing ability and increase your range of motion.

What is the computerized adjustment mechanism?

It is an instrument that does adjustments and can locate where the spine is not moving correctly.  The space age technology utilizes a precise oscillating force with uninterrupted motion to get your vertebrae moving correctly again. It is comfortable, consistent and computerized.

Should I use ice or heat?

Typically, in an acute phase we recommend ice. Ice will aid in pain relief and help the area with decreasing heat and inflammation, which will help in the healing process.  Ice the sore/tender area for approximately 15-20 minutes on the area, and 40 minutes off.  Heat can cause more swelling and inflammation in the early phase.

How long will it take to feel better?

There are two types of care: relief care and corrective care.  Relief care is just relief of symptoms. Corrective care is both relief of symptoms and correction of the cause of the problem. It took time to feel the pain and it will take time to correct the cause of the problem.  In the first phase of care, which is 12 adjustments, I expect you to be symptomatically 20-50% better.

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