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Impulse Adjusting Technique

impulse instrument

Over 15 years of research and engineering has gone into the design of the Impulse adjusting instrument.

We use a small hand-held adjusting instrument called the Impulse. This instrument offers many advantages for our patients.


By its very nature, we can provide an ideal angle and direction to the energy we apply to your spine. Unlike adjustments performed by hand, this instrument can make your adjustments more accurate. Besides being more precise, patients often remark they find this approach more pleasant.


When compared with adjustments delivered by hand, an Impulse adjustment is fast. Very fast! Because the thrust is many times faster than is possible by hand, patients are less inclined to “brace” themselves and tense up. This results in more energy actually reaching the vertebrae, with considerably less force needed. In other words, it works better.


When the trigger pulled and held, the Impulse Instrument enters the multiple pulse mode, thrusting 12 times in a row during the course of 2 seconds. Turns out this frequency (6 Hz) is very special. It resonates with the frequency of your body, creating optimal results.

We use the Impulse instrument because of the excellent results it produces and the positive patients comments we receive.

Activator Methods®

We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.

First the Evaluation

We begin by analyzing how well your spine moves. We test how well you turn and bend. While you’re lying face down, we’ll evaluate the length of your legs. This simple procedure can reveal significant differences in leg lengths. Click here to try a simple leg-length home test.

This time-tested protocol tells us if subluxations exist and their location. It also helps us know when to adjust and when not to adjust.

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

The Adjusting Instrument

The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.

Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.

The Follow Up

After your adjustment, we retest to make sure changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.


A special hand arrangement called a

A special hand arrangement called a “pisiform contact” is used to deliver a specific thrust at the right place and the right time.

After identifying which vertebrae have lost their normal motion or position, a specific manual thrust is applied to free up “stuck” spinal joints. read more»

If you’ve been to a chiropractor before and prefer to be adjusted in a particular way, let the doctor know. We want you to relax, enjoy and fully benefit from your chiropractic care.

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