The number one concern of someone looking for a Chiropractor is, Will the Doctor find out why I hurt or having problems? A close second is does he have the skill to fix it and then the new number one fear is will it hurt? Using a precision computerized instrument can answer all these questions. It is meant to be precise, in measuring motion of an individual segment. It is calibrated to deliver correct impulse speed and resonance. In the hands of a trained Chiropractor it can provide the answer to what’s wrong, can it be fixed and will it hurt. The only variable left is your individual body’s capacity to heal.
If the body is self-healing and self-regulating then when pain occurs WHAT caused it? Dropping something heavy on your foot or cutting yourself is obvious. What about headaches? Ulcers? Low back pain when you didn’t lift or “overdo it? As chiropractors we have traditionally used touch and examination of structure for imbalance or spasm and then used our knowledge of neurological innervation to see if that tissue or organs corresponding nerve root is compromised .
Millions of Nerves travel through our nervous system both central and peripheral to control the functions of your body. Spinal segments that are out of alignment or not moving properly can affect your health by irritating spinal nerves. The pressure equal to the weight of nickel can inhibit nerve function 60%. When irritated, these nerves alert you that something is wrong. Symptoms, including pain, are usually the result. Nerve signals are also sent to your muscles to stabilize and protect the area. You may feel stiff, sore, and tired. Instead of taking pain masking drugs, which can be dangerous to your health, Chiropractic care seeks to locate the source of your symptoms and address the underlying cause, so the problem doesn’t get worse. Research has clearly shown that chiropractic adjustments result in both biomechanical and physiological responses in the human body.
Significant neuromuscular reflex responses in the adjacent and sometimes distant spinal musculature have been recorded in numerous studies (Herzog et al., 1999;Symons et al., 2000;Colloca et al., 1999;Colloca and Keller, 2000).
(Gillette R.G., 1987;Gillette R.G., 1986;Gillette et al., 1998).
Inasmuch, beneficial effects of chiropractic adjustments are thought to be associated with mechanosensitive afferent stimulation and presynaptic inhibition of nociceptive afferent transmission in the modulation of pain (Wyke, 1980;Willis W. and Coggeshall R., 1991), inhibition of hypertonic muscles (Thabe, 1986;Herzog, 1996), and improved functional ability (Meade et al., 1995;Shekelle, 1994;Triano et al., 1995).
For this reason, mechanical devices utilizing static and quasi-static oscillatory PA forces have been developed to more objectively quantify PA spine stiffness (Latimer et al., 1996;Latimer et al., 1998;Lee et al., 1997;Kawchuk and Herzog, 1996).
The reliability and validity of instruments to assess PA spine stiffness have shown favorable results (Latimer et al., 1996), (Latimer et al., 1998;Lee et al., 1997;Lee and Svensson, 1990;Viner and Lee, 1995).
Assessment of PA spinal stiffness to date however, have been primarily limited to study of asymptomatic subjects at low frequencies.
Articles & Studies
Therapy of chronic cervical syndrome with Spineliner
Validation of the force and frequency characteristics of the activator adjusting instrument: effectiveness as a mechanical impedance measurement tool.
Measurement and analysis of the in vivo posteroanterior impulse response of the human thoracolumbar spine: a feasibility study.
By Solinger AB. Department of Research, Life Chiropractic College West, Hayward, CA, USA.
By Fuhr AW, Smith DB.
By Smith DB, Fuhr AW, Davis BP. Activator Methods, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona 85060-0317.
By Panjabi MM, Andersson GB, Jorneus L, Hult E, Mattsson L.
Studies on the transmission of vibrations in human organism exposed to low-frequency whole-body vibration.
Development of an instrumented couch to measure forces during manual physiotherapy treatment.
Evaluation of a new device for measuring responses to posteroanterior forces in a patient population, Part 1: Reliability testing.
Dynamics of human lumbar intervertebral joints. Experimental and finite-element investigations.
Below is some of the published research about instrument adjusting. This is not an exhaustive list but some selected articles will give you information about how rapidly instrument adjusting is developing.
Chiropractic management of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome: A report of two cases.
Pilot randomized clinical trial on the relative effect of instrumental (MFMA) versus manual (HVLA) manipulation in the treatment of cervical spine dysfunction.
Mechanical force spinal manipulation increases trunk muscle strength assessed by electromyography: a comparative clinical trial.
Chiropractic management of chronic chest pain using mechanical force, manually assisted short-lever adjusting procedures.
Chiropractic treatment of postsurgical neck syndrome with mechanical force, manually assisted short-lever spinal adjustments.
Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique.
Chiropractic care of a patient with vertebral subluxation and Bell’s palsy.
Three-dimensional head kinematics and clinical outcome of patients with neck injury treated with spinal manipulative therapy: a pilot study.
The following articles give information about why measurement is necessary. Objective data for physical medicine is becoming more and more of an issue. Insurance companies will require more objective proof about how and why we do what we do. The Spineliner gives the doctor the power of objectivity.
Use of a spinal model to quantify the forces and motion that occur during therapists’ tests of spinal motion.
Physician-applied contact pressure and table force response during unilateral thoracic manipulation.
Therapists’ conceptualization and characterization of the clinical concept of spinal stiffness.
In vitro spinal biomechanics. Experimental methods and apparatus.
The role of experience in clinical accuracy.
The kinematics of motion palpation and its effect on the reliability for cervical spine rotation.
Palpation of the upper thoracic spine: an observer reliability study.
Motion palpation findings and self-reported low back pain in a population-based study sample.
Medical Research Unit, Ringkjøbing County, Denmark.
Reliability of chiropractic methods commonly used to detect manipulable lesions in patients with chronic low-back pain.