Manual Adjusting – Activator – VAII-Adjuster – VP3 Percussor – Thumper – Cold Laser
Manual Adjusting this is the usual technique people think of when they think of chiropractic care. The doctor will contact the patient’s spine and push or twist until there is an audible “pop”. The popping sound is a sudden release of carbon dioxide from the joint capsule. The quick stretch to the joint capsule stimulates the “nocioceptors” which helps turn off pain receptors.
Activator Methods developed the world’s most popular instrument adjusting technique/Instrument with a very fast recoiling action and light force for a comfortable adjustment.
VAII-Adjuster is a hand-held mechanical adjustment device. The variable pulse feature offers the practitioner the option of selecting a “constant” or “pulse” wave. Another great light force instrument that can deliver a comfortable adjustment without any strain on the soft tissues. The gentle repetitive tapping of the joints in the back of the spine, facet joints, helps mobilize the spine without any forceful “CRACKING” and helps the patient have pain relief and better range of motion.
VP3 Percussor Variable device is a hand-held mechanical device with a unique “Galvanic Wave” action head that provides comfort to the patient receiving percussion and will help “unwind” the fascia, which can distort and restrict normal muscle contraction and relaxation. The variable VP3 Percussor speed feature offers the practitioner the control to change speeds to the desired output giving the highest degree of control and comfort.
Thumper – A full-body Thumper percussive massage takes only minutes and can leave the patient completely relaxed. The Thumper is a deeper more powerful percussor then the VP3. It has 8 massage spheres and pulses 27 times per second. Its large size allows you to massage spinal muscles, shoulder muscles, hip muscles, thighs, calves, and feet. It weighs 7 pounds which provides all the necessary force to provide a sensational massage! There is no pressing and prodding. Just park it on the muscle area of choice and relax. For more than 30 years Thumper Professional Massager has been the first choice of chiropractors, massage therapists and sports trainers in treating muscles aches and tension. You feel a Thumper massage throughout your body, not just on the surface of your skin. Eight anatomically-designed massaging spheres pivot up and down a full 1/4 inch, twenty-seven times per second. Thumper’s percussive energy penetrates through all muscle layers. Reaching down to untie the knots. Giving you the good, healthy feeling of a head-to-toe professional massage. A power adjustment lets you select the intensity that’s best for you by allowing for both thick and thin muscles. Thumper works through your clothing and will not create itching. Other massagers glide over your skin – Thumper penetrates deep, through all muscle layers. “We all need to be kneaded”, wrote a leading sportswriter.
Cold laser therapy is a relatively new technology (30 years old) when compared to acupuncture, which has been used since 8000-3500 B.C. Just like the abacus evolved into the computer, slowly needles are evolving into light. Recent innovations in low-level lasers now make it possible for the average physician or consumer to own cold laser equipment. Cold lasers are sometimes called Low Level Lasers (LLL) or soft lasers. In general, cold lasers can be used in 2 distinct ways:
Targeting acupuncture trigger points (similar to acupuncture but without the needles)
Broad coverage of deep tissue with laser photons to stimulate changes in the tissue
Cold Laser therapy offers a non-intrusive option to acupuncture and surgery. It also provides a non-addicting treatment that eliminates the complications of long-term drug treatment programs. Cold laser are widely use for treatment of:
Acute and chronic pain
Soft tissue injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Healing With Cold Lasers The cold laser produces an impulse of light at a wavelength (approximate 900nm) that maximized the energy (in photons) at a desired depth, usually 10-13cm (4-5 inches) deep. This may be combined with other laser diode with a shorter wavelength (875nm) to add photons to the shallower levels of tissue. In addition, red light diode with a wavelength of 660nm may be used to add energy to even shallower levels of tissues.
The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy units from infrared laser radiation, called photons, to damaged cells. It is the consensus of experts is that photons absorbed by the cells through laser therapy stimulate the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP. This biochemical increase in cell energy is used to transform live cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state.
Over 4000 studies have been conducted in recent years to validate the effectiveness of cold laser therapy. Cold lasers treatment systems may be cleared by the FDA.
Benefit of Cold Lasers
Easy to apply & Non-Toxic
No side effects or pain
Cost effective for both the practitioner and patient
Highly effective in treating ailments (more than 90% efficacy)
Superior alternative to analgesics, NSAID’s and other medications
Reduces the need for surgery
General Therapeutic Laser Biological Effects
Increased Cell Growth: Laser photons accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
Increased Metabolic Activity: Photons initiate a higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP).
Faster Wound Healing: Cold laser photons stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue Anti-Inflammatory Action: Laser photons reduce swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints resulting in enhanced joint mobility.
Increased Vascular Activity: Laser photons induce temporary vasodilation that increases blood flow to effected areas.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser photons reduce the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from: cuts, scratches, burns or post surgery.
Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser photon exposure speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life.
Types of Cold Lasers – Class I – III continuous and modulated lasers
The fixed level of power is too low to deliver photons beyond the surface of the skin, making them ineffective in delivering photons to deep tissues. This includes laser pointers and other low cost laser diodes.
Class IV Continuous Lasers
The increase in the power of class IV continuous wave lasers increases the photon delivery to deep tissues. Unfortunately, it also increases the amount of the heat generated. This heat increases the potential risk of destructive thermal effects. Class IV laser may result in damage to the retina requiring clinicians to exercise additional FDA implemented controls to ensure patient and practitioner safety. This can include a safely lock on the device to prevent accidental exposure.
Modulated Lasers (Class II to IV) Modulating or super-pulsing the laser output power (turning it on and off in less than 1 billionth of a second) provides a unique combination of benefits. It allows the use of very high power levels (up to 50 watts) while insuring that there is no heat or damage. The ratio between the on and off times is call the duty cycle. In general a super pulsed laser class II laser can provide more power to the treatment area than a class IV continuous lasers without a risk of damage. Modulated lasers provide a good combination of safety and power.
Today, lasers are used extensively in the medical industry for everything from cosmetic surgery, eye surgery and heart surgery. The ability to put just the right amount of energy into a critical area of the human body has been a huge advancement in the medical field. Cold lasers are an important addition to these other established medical laser treatments and the recent development of low-cost professional cold lasers means that cold laser therapy will be a rapidly growing medical treatment option.