We're proud to be one of the few chiropractic offices in our area to have acquired the Pul-Star Analysis and Treatment System. It's fairly expensive and it's high tech but we are committed to providing the highest quality of care we possibly can to our patients.
How It's Different
The PulStar is used as an analysis tool as well as a treatment modality. Does this type adjustment last as long as a manual adjustment? In our experience, the answer is Yes and also with less stress and strain on the ligaments and joints.
How It Works
In the analysis mode, the PulStar tests each vertebra by generating a gentle mechanical impulse (light tap) and uses a sensor in the impulse head to measure each vertebra's resistance to the impulse. When all vertebrae are moving normally, their resistance is fairly equal. But if some vertebrae are restricted in motion or(fixated/subluxated), their resistance to the impulse is higher than the resistance of normally moving vertebrae. Normal movement of each and every spinal joint is considered to be essential to good spinal function. Once a joint is determined to be fixated, the PulStar may also be used to give small, gentle, mechanical thrusts into the restricted joint to help breakup fixation, relieve muscle spasm, and restore normal joint mobility. In some cases, a series of these treatments may be necessary to obtain maximum benefits. Precision and gentleness are the key notes to the PulStar System's popularity and appeal.
The PulStar has been reviewed by the FDA and approved for use for musculoskeletal pain due to joint subluxation, restricted joint mobility, myofascial spasm, ligamentous strain as well as tissue compliance analysis.
Will the PulStar Analysis & Treatment Hurt?
If you are in extreme pain, almost any intervention may cause some temporary discomfort. However, most patients find both analysis and treatment with the PulStar produces a pleasant sensation and many patients prefer the PulStar treatment and analysis to more aggressive, manual adjustments.
What Do the PulStar Computer Graphs Mean?
The PulStar measures the resistance to movement of the spinal joints (or other joints) your chiropractor may test. Joint resistance is displayed as a bar graph with each bar representing a vertebra that has been tested. Your chiropractor uses the results of the PulStar analysis along with other assessments such as posture, temperature, x-ray, patient history, etc. to decide if and when to adjust your spinal or other joint structures.
What Do PulStar Graphs Mean to a Patient?
In addition to just telling you that you have a problem and that your chiropractor is taking care of your problem, the PulStar analysis graphs enables your doctor to show you accurately why and where the treatment takes place as well as the effects of your treatment (after the treatment is given).
Are There Any Side-Effects with the PulStar Treatment?
The PulStar is very gentle, but in very rare cases people who bruise easily and suffer from capillary fragility may experience very slight bruising or soreness following the Pul-Star treatment. Should this happen to you, please let your doctor know so that the amount of thrust pressure can be even further reduced on subsequent visits.
Will Using the PulStar Cost More?
The PulStar System is relatively expensive- but your chiropractor is dedicated to providing the best care possible and has made the investment in this advanced technology in order to maintain his/her commitment to your health care. There is no extra cost to the patient for PulStar treatments.
Validity and Documentation
The PulStar System generates increased levels of validity and documentation because the testing produces objective evidence of the patient's status not available by other means. This can be very helpful when insurance coverage and legal evidence are involved. We invite you to visit our office and see and experience the value and benefits of the PulStar System.