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Posted on 02-27-2017
By Brooke Mazujian
As a patient here at Exodus you most likely have enjoyed benefits from the “tapping instrument”
after your adjustment and many of you have asked, “what is this doing?” That tapping instrument
is really an ArthroStim and it is helping our doctors further structurally enhance the curve in your
neck as well allow the adjustment to hold better due to the muscle relaxation it stimulates. First
developed in 1986, the ArthroStim is an extension of the chiropractor’s hands performing a high
amplitude, low velocity motion at a rate of 12 times per second. The total impulse is divided into
equal, smaller impulses producing a controlled repetitive input into the cells, tissue, muscles, and
bones its contacting. This motion goes through the joint and tissues surrounding it and in return
releases trigger points that usually cause spasms. By using the ArthroStim the doctor is able to
stimulate the proprioceptors, which are responsible for detecting the proper motion and
alignment of the body’s muscles and joints in the space around them. The instrument also
stimulates mechanoreceptors which are the cells that respond to mechanical stimuli such as touch
and sound. For young patients, elderly patients, anyone in acute pain, or just someone that
requires a lighter adjustment, it provides a light, effective, and comfortable resetting of the joint.
This is due to its light force which only stimulates the mechanoreceptors as well as the
proprioceptors without activating pain receptors which allows it to be a very useful and
Neurologically this tool is great because it stimulates the brain. Through the controlled repetitive
input I mentioned earlier there is a cumulative aggregate effect on neural receptors providing
extensive neurological feedback to the brain. The natural feedback system between the brain and
the rest of the body is what the nervous system uses to organize itself. When the impulses hit a
trigger point, therefore stimulating the mechano and proprioceptors, this information is sent to
the brain which then issues self-correcting commands to the muscular system and other tissues to
bring about healing changes that modify dysfunctional patterns.
For some of you, the ArthroStim has been used for muscle work. It is great for deep fascial
adhesions, muscle spasms, trigger points, in addition to many other musculoskeletal issues. In
instances of overactive and tight muscles it works the trigger points into relaxation, which not
only makes us feel better and more relaxed but it helps relieve stress on the skeletal system,
therefore allowing the body to hold any adjustment that the doctors apply more effectively and
Overall, the ArthroStim is a great asset to the practice giving our amazing doctors just another
tool in the toolbox to provide you with the best care possible.
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