Chiropractic adjusting with the Impulse iQ Adjusting Instrument® aims to restore your body’s balance and function with treatments that are as painless as possible.

Using a controlled force technique, there are three settings that apply the same amount of force every time.  The first setting applies a trust of 100 Newtons which is the equivalent of 17 lbs. of pressure. We use this setting on the more delicate parts of your spine, like the cervical region. We will also use this setting for patients in severe pain, or who have contraindications to more forceful techniques.  The second setting delivers 200 Newtons or 34 lbs. of pressure. This setting is great for use with thoracic adjustments, and also for adjustments to the lumbar spine on a patient who needs a gentler approach. Finally, the third setting applies 400 Newtons or 67 lbs. This setting is only used on the lumbar and pelvic region, but is still very gentle.  It is 100x faster than manual chiropractic adjustments, therefore, the gentle thrust is faster than the body’s tendency to tighten up and resist adjustments. 

The Impulse Adjusting Instrument® is twice as fast as other adjusting instruments such as the Activator Method(1). It also has a micro-computer inside of it which provides feedback to the doctor using it. The Arthrostim™ is another similar instrument, but it doesn’t provide feedback like the Impulse Adjusting Instrument®. The high-tech sensor provides information about your body’s response to the chiropractic adjustments. A single beep indicates that the acceleration response has been maximized during the adjustment. Maximizing mobility is the Impulse iQ Adjusting Instrument’s® equivalent to a manual chiropractic adjustment. A double beep denotes that the acceleration response has not yet been maximized and either further adjustments may be indicated or there is an operator error. No beep means that no increase in acceleration response has been sensed. In this case, either the segmental contact point is wrong, the line of drive is off, or the given area is not receptive to changing its mobility. 

Instrument assisted adjustments are often useful for treating patients within various special populations, like osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that happens when you either lose too much bone, make too little bone, or a combination of both. As a result, your bones become weak and may break from a minor fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or bumping into furniture. If and when a doctor decides that a patient with osteoporosis needs an adjustment and the patient agrees, instrument assisted adjustments may be optimal.  Instruments can deliver precisely targeted adjustments so only the joints that need to be adjusted are affected. In addition to the focus that instrument adjustments allow, they also deliver adjustments through a controlled amount of force.

What does it feel like?

Chiropractic adjustments with the Impulse iQ Adjusting Instrument feel like a light tapping sensation on the area that is being treated.  In most cases the treatment is painless and after the adjustment many patients feel relief of pain and improved mobility.  Others report a sense of well-being or a soothing calm feeling.