Chiropractic Tools

Much of the diagnosis and restorative therapy for chiropractic treatments can be done using only a chiropractor's hands. This is a hands-on type of health care model. However, many chiropractors make use of instruments specifically designed to address the kinds of health issues chiropractors tackle. These chiropractic tools allow the chiropractor to measure success or the extent of problems, and they also assist the chiropractor in his or her treatment methods.

Chiropractic treatments involve diagnosis of the cause of pain or discomfort, plus the correction of any misalignments of the spine or other parts of the skeletal system. Chiropractic health care is based on the idea that if the skeletal system is misaligned in any way, health problems will result. Chiropractors look for misalignments, pinched nerves, muscles that have contracted that will not release properly and constricted joints.

These tools are commonly found in the chiropractor's office:

Activator Adjusting Instrument
This is a small mallet used by chiropractors to gently tap misaligned vertebrae back into alignment.

Adjusting Table
Every chiropractor has an adjusting table designed to provide comfort and support as you receive your adjustment or diagnosis. This table is elevated and padded for your comfort and to provide a suitable work surface for the chiropractor to use.

Nervo-Scope
This is a hand-held probe which measures skin temperature on either side of the spine in order to detect abnormalities or subluxations.

Neurocalometer
This is an instrument that measures heat in an attempt to locate subluxations of the spine.

Traction Equipment
Sometimes traction is used to release pressure or provide pressure in an attempt to realign the vertebrae or to convince a muscle to release tension and relax. The equipment used to provide traction comes in many shapes and sizes, but it is a staple tool in the chiropractor's office.

X-Ray Machine
X-rays are photographs of the skeletal structure made possible by the ionization of radiation. Chiropractors use these to identify misalignments and subluxations.

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