Shephard Chiropractic Clinic in Portland Explains: What’s the difference between instrument adjustment and traditional chiropractic?

We’re different from most chiropractic clinics in Portland. Why? A simple handheld tool called the Arthrostim is used in almost every gentle chiropractic treatment we do at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic.
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Safety & Consistency with the Arthrostim

Why did we choose to do chiropractic with the arthrostim adjustment tool? It’s precise, controlled, and proven. Instrument adjustments help those with severe pain, or those concerned with neck safety to avoid typical pre-adjustment tension or post-adjustment soreness that may occur with traditional manipulation. There is also a level of reliability and control offered by using a tool that can’t be replicated by traditional (manual) adjusting, allowing both our providers and patients to know what to expect at every appointment.

All Ages Benefit From Gentle Chiropractic

No matter what age our patients are, each of them can benefit from chiropractic care. Many of our patients are relieved to find improved comfort, increased range of motion, and/or improved muscle strength soon after their instrument adjustment at Shephard Clinic. For example, a patient with cervical (neck) pain is too sensitive at either a very young or a very advanced age to handle manual adjustment techniques that require a strong force all at once. For this reason, we elect to use controlled force adjusting instead of twisting the neck to crack it. And of course, no matter your age, we’ll take the time to fully understand your condition, so that we can find the solution together through a custom treatment plan and fully-informed care.


Exclusive Arthostim Adjusting in Portland, Oregon

Our Portland office is unique in using the Arthrostim for almost all of our treatment—we’re one of the only ones to do this. Because we believe that gentle instrument adjusting is the best possible way to do chiropractic, we transitioned over to this method back in the early 2000s and haven’t looked back since. We wanted to be able to treat any patient—any age, in any condition—with a tool that was easy to control, was safe, reliable, and gave positive results. Gentleness is especially key with patients who have experienced a traumatic injury; their body may not be able to handle much movement, if at all. The Arthrostim works by employing 12-14 thrusts per second which are pinpointed to a specific area, triggering a healing response in muscle, ligament and osseous (bone) tissue.

Feel the Difference at Shephard Chiropractic Clinic

At our clinic, we always want you to feel comfortable, especially since so many patients coming in for chiropractic care are in pain or discomfort. Much of that comfort comes in with our approach and methods, refined over the past 30 years. We use gentle instrument adjusting as just one part of the puzzle because we’re dedicated to treating the cause of your injuries and pain so that you can feel better and better each day.

Our experience and solutions are another step toward gaining your trust as we work with you. We offer easy, flexible scheduling, custom treatment plants (because each patient’s needs are unique), our staff will help answer questions and guide you in the right direction, and of course: our chiropractic care is safe, gentle, and effective with the use of the Arthrostim tool.

Call Shephard Chiropractic Clinic in Portland, Oregon to get started with chiropractic care today.

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