The ArthroStim instrument can be used with patients who prefer to not receive manual adjustments. It uses light force to adjust the spine at the vertebral level instead of using the muscles as levers and twisting the joint to open it up manually. This is often preferred by patients who are sensitive or have a high amount of inflammation.
Some patients, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, vascular diseases, or cancer, may prefer the ArthroStim because of their pain levels. Others may simply not like the popping sound of joints opening up during manual adjustments.
There also are many patients, such as those with osteoarthritis, who prefer to be adjusted manually because it releases endorphins and puts more movement in the joint to help maintain mobility.
Dr. De Brine herself occasionally uses the ArthroStim on her neck (which she normally gets adjusted manually) because she had radiation treatment for lymphoma and at times manual adjustments are uncomfortable due to the amount of inflammation.
The techniques Dr. De Brine uses will be individualized from visit to visit – no patients receive cookie cutter treatment.