What Is Instrument Adjusting?

What Is Instrument Adjusting?

Chiropractic Hernando MS Instrument Adjusting

“Chiropractic care” is an umbrella term that includes over 30 different manipulation techniques. This tells you right away that not all chiropractors provide the same type of adjustments. The goal of every chiropractic visit is to reduce subluxation. Doing so increases your range of motion, reduces nerve irritability, and improves bodily function.

Some manipulation techniques are more precise, gentle, efficient, and effective than others. In fact, these are the characteristics that set instrument adjusting apart from other chiropractic methods. Doctors and patients alike recognize the benefits of this technique, which has led it to become the fastest growing form of chiropractic manipulation offered today.

Morton Chiropractic Clinic is proud to specialize in instrument adjusting. After studying many other chiropractic techniques, we have concluded that this method provides the best results for our patients. Learn more about instrument adjusting before scheduling your next appointment with us.

What is Instrument Adjusting?

An instrument adjusting tool is a handheld device that chiropractors use to deliver a gentle and targeted adjustment to various parts of the patient’s body. Thanks to its many benefits, this tool is gradually replacing hands-on manual manipulation as a safer, more effective method for adjusting muscles, nerves, and bones.

Different instrument adjusting tools are in use today. At Morton Chiropractic Clinic, we utilize the latest technology in light-force adjusting instruments called the ArthroStim. This state-of-the-art device loosely resembles a power drill and is held in a similar manner. It delivers rapid thrusts at a rate of 12 to 14 hertz, a higher frequency than many other adjusting instruments. This divides the energy of a single thrust from a manual adjustment into more comfortable high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts.

As with manual manipulation, the ArthroStim works by stimulating special sensory nerve receptors known as proprioceptors. These are responsible for detecting the body’s motion and alignment, signaling to the brain that self-correction is needed to heal the affected area. At the same time, the device avoids stimulating the nociceptors, which are sensory nerve receptors that send pain signals to the central nervous system.

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What are the Benefits of Instrument Adjusting in Hernando MS?

Chiropractors are increasingly turning to instrument adjusting as a superior alternative to manual manipulation. Here are the qualities of the ArthroStim instrument that make it the best tool for modern chiropractic care.


Unlike manual manipulation, instrument adjusting is a mechanical method of easing joints back into alignment. The tool acts as an extension of the chiropractor’s hand, allowing for greater control and specificity when selecting the amount of pressure required.

The ArthroStim can apply just a few ounces of pressure or a full 40 pounds of thrust. This makes it possible to treat patients of all ages and body types, from delicate infants to muscular bodybuilders. Thrust adjustments also make it easy to treat numerous parts of the body.


Patients who don’t want their spine twisted and popped often feel uneasy about visiting the chiropractor. Using the ArthroStim, it’s possible to avoid such hands-on methods that could be detrimental to older, younger, or injured patients. There is nothing uncomfortable or painful about instrument adjusting. In fact, all you feel during treatment is a light tapping sensation.


The efficiency of the ArthroStim instrument allows chiropractors to deliver their services effectively at all times. Those who treat patients with traditional methods may begin to tire at the end of the day. Instrument adjusting replaces the physical effort of manual manipulation, allowing chiropractors to save their hands for sensory feedback and other critical purposes.


Instrument adjusting has been shown to be equally effective at easing pain and increasing range of motion as traditional chiropractic care. The force of each carefully applied thrust radiates through the surrounding tissue and joints, where the patient feels the effects immediately. At the same time, instrument adjusting has a lower risk of side effects and post-treatment soreness than manual manipulation.

Be aware that stimulating proprioceptors causes some patients to experience slight soreness after the first or second treatment. This discomfort is temporary and can be alleviated by applying a towel-wrapped ice pack to the sore area for 20 minutes twice a day.

To learn more about instrument adjusting, or to schedule an appointment with our experienced chiropractor in Hernando, MS, please contact Morton Chiropractic Clinic at (662) 429-6102.

Morton Chiropractic Clinic
Hernando, MS / Desoto County
(662) 429-6102


8:30am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

8:30am - 12:00pm

8:30am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

8:30am - 12:00pm

8:30am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm


Morton Chiropractic Clinic
55 East Commerce Street
Hernando, MS 38632
(662) 429-6102