Instrument assisted adjustments are a form of adjustments that utilize a small handheld tool to provide an impulse at the joint. This form of adjusting is sometimes used as an alternative to the typical manual adjustment that is a hands on form of adjustment. The impulse provided by the instrument is directed towards moving the joints back into their proper alignment in order to restore motion.
There are several advantages of instrument assisted adjustments. This form of adjustments may be used on people with osteoporosis to help move the spinal segments without using as much force as a manual manipulation. A localized force is applied with the instrument without additional torque to the joint segment. The instrument directs an impulse at a high velocity so people are less likely to tense up in anticipation of the adjustment. This can be beneficial in moving the joints without the added resistance from muscles.