Pulstar

PulStar offers gentle analysis and treatment for chronic or acute pain by using precise computer controlled impulses with documented results.

How Does The PulStar Work?

In keeping up with the latest in scientific technology to best serve our patients, we now offer the PulStar in our practice. The PulStar works in addition to your clinical information – such as patient history, examination and X-rays. By combining traditional manual chiropractic care with the latest, most advanced, precise and gentle technology of PulStar, we offer the “Best of Both Worlds.”

Step I: Pre-Treatment Analysis

The first step in analyzing the spine to determine the most effective course of treatment for the best results. Each vertebrae is analyzed for the proper function. By using a handheld device with sensors, data is sent to a sophisticated computer program which displays a graph providing precise information regarding joint functions. Whether viewed on screen or printed out, this graphic computer analysis makes it easy to see and understand the problem areas.

Step II: Treatment (Adjustment)

In the treatment or adjust mode, the PulStar delivers a series of precise, computer-controlled, gentle impulses to free-up joint fixation, relieve muscle spasm and restore normal joint function. Based on the information of the initial analysis, the PulStar administers accurate low force treatment replacing the need for heavier force manual adjustments – with no twisting, turning, “cracking” or “popping”.

Step III: Post-Analysis

Each vertebrae is once again analyzed for proper function to determine the results of treatment. A graphic of the post-analysis is displayed beside the pre-treatment analysis to verify the results of treatment. This precise computer analysis of spinal function shows treatment progress and is used as a reference to track problem areas or for any future adjustments that may be needed.

Can PulStar Help Me?

The PulStar is a precise instrument used in the analysis and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal and joint problems including:

  • Headaches
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Arm/leg pain
  • Restricted motion
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Disc problems
  • Muscle spasms

The PulStar is safe and effective for all ages from infants to seniors because it uses precise computer controlled gentle impulses.

No strong or heavy forces or twisting is required to produce the desired results of treatment.

The Pulstar and ProAdjuster are sophisticated piezoelectric transducers (sensors) that integrate with a computer program designed to measure SPINAL motion by applying a very light comfortable tap upon vertebral segments throughout the entire spine. The Advanced Pettibon X-ray technique shows (structure). The Pulstar shows and treats spinal motion abnormalities thus improving function of the spine and nerve system which controls organs and systems throughout the body.

Examination + experience = ART and together they allow accurate measurable data to determine the correct diagnosis in devising a treatment plan and prognosis.

After 20 years in practice intuitive judgment is developed by experience, training, and knowledge and when combined with accurate technology produces a great outcome in results.

Utilizing the Pulstar exact measurements of motion are computer analyzed and display the relationship of each vertebra to what is normal and how each segment relates to the entire spine. From this data viewed on a computer monitor the testing sensor (handheld probe) becomes a treating instrument that under control of the doctor and with the impulse force calculated by the computer, applies light but extremely fast repeatable and reproducible forces to abnormal segments of the spine until improved motion ensues. The computer calculates the least amount of force needed and lightly treats.

As treatment is applied the computer program senses and displays when vertebral motion has improved. The adjusting instrument and program automatically stops applying the corrective force when motion has been improved.
Hudec Chiropractic was the first clinics in Georgia that integrated this space age technology over 16 years ago into patient care. The Pulstar 2014 has the very latest software and sensor development and has shown exceptional accuracy in diagnostics and repeatable treatment with excellent and exciting results.
Pregnant women, babies, athletes, osteoporotic spines, compression fractures, Spinal Stenosis to Senior citizens up into their late 90′s and beyond the Pulstar is safe, effective and feels great.

ADVANCED PULSTAR INFORMATION

How does the Pulstar work?

To better understand, let’s examine the idea of palpation. When a Doctor of Chiropractor palpates your spine, they are checking for joint fluidity, motion and or rigidity. Improper motion effecting the nerve function is called a subluxation. In a similar fashion to palpation, the Pulstar can determine whether the vertebra’s motion is too rigid or too fluid. The spine should not be too rigid (hypo-mobile). While using and  the doctor’s judgment and experience as to what areas are hyper-mobile or hypo-mobile we use the Pulstar  to measure objectively precise levels of  spinal motion therefore the Pulstar can isolate a spinal problem area faster and more accurately than manual procedures.

Combine Tradition with Technology

If you have ever “flinched” at something, you know exactly what is meant by this. The piezoelectric sensor in the Pulstar instrument responds and registers information faster than your body’s ability to react. Therefore, a precise and accurate picture of the extent of rigidity or fluidity of each vertebra is reflected and graphed on a computer screen.

A light force is introduced into the vertebra to check motion is reflected back to the piezoelectric sensor  which measures the reflective force, sending it to the computer for interpretation all before the muscles can respond. This is incredible? This is the same technology and same type of instrument that NASA and other engineers have used in the space program in order to evaluate the integrity of the ceramic cooling tiles on the outside of the space shuttle. The aviation industry, as well as many engineers and health related professions have used this technology in order to test and generate measurable current in a wide range of research.  Piezo Technology has been pioneering ultrasonic transducer and sensor technology for critical specialty applications for a century and its technology is found in hundreds of products requiring precision measurements.

Chiropractors are now able to use this highly sophisticated technology applied to the human body in order to determine proper function and safe treatment.

How can anything so gentle and comfortable change my spine?

The Pulstar utilizes a precise oscillating force with uninterrupted motion. It is able to increase the mobility of the spinal segments by reducing or enabling motion in the abnormal areas. In other words, the Pulstar is “unsticking” the joint. Have you ever seen a woodpecker tapping in an oscillating fashion on a tree? It is hard to believe, but you can watch them bore right through the hardest wood! The Pulstar taps in much the same way but uses soft tips that are comfortable to the human body and does not create damage. During testing and treatment the piezoelectric sensor instantly evaluates progress and automatically stops upon spinal motion improvement.

Typically very good improvements:

  • Headaches
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Typically tough cases with 20-50% improvement
  • Spinal stenosis caused by significant bone spurring

IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH TO A NEW LEVEL!

Why is the Pulstar so special?

The Pulstar is the most advanced Chiropractic instrument  evaluation and treatment instrumentation in existence today. It is a marvel of technology and allows us to achieve amazing results for our patients!

What does Pulstar Adjusting Involve?

Pulstar adjusting utilizes a computerized analysis of the spine and delivers digitally controlled impulses during manipulation. This makes spinal adjustments more efficient because the chiropractor is able to see subluxations easier and faster and specifically detects the level of the spine that needs manipulation.

Detecting the Problem

Using the Pulstar instrument, the chiropractor touches each of the spine or vertebral joint from the neck to the sacrum. While the chiropractor is doing this, the sensors on the head of the instrument will send some electrical signals to the computer. These signals are interpreted by the system and detect the movement of each spine as compared with the others. After the last vertebra is touched, the computer will provide the general functioning of your spinal column. In doing this, the Pulstar detects the specific location of the problem guiding chiropractors to provide managements on the specific site.

Providing Manipulation

After determining the location of spinal subluxations, the same instrument is used to provide kinetic impulses on the spine or vertebral joint. This step specifically corrects spinal subluxations by releasing tension on the nerves. Instead of getting your spine manually handled, the Pulstar instrument will help chiropractors adjust the spine using the handheld instrument.

Does Pulstar Adjusting Hurt?

The totality of the procedure from the diagnosis to the adjustment does not and should not produce pain. The procedure is generally gentle and you will only feel a light tap over your back. These light taps are equivalent to high amounts of energy that is effective enough to yield therapeutic effects on the spine.

For people who are skeptical about getting spinal manipulation due to the popping sound during chiropractic adjustments, Pulstar adjusting should be one of the options. If you need manipulation and would want a safe and gentle approach, talk to your chiropractor regarding Pulstar adjusting.

Technology

 

We’re proud to be one of the few chiropractic offices in our area to have acquired the PulStar 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 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.

FDA Clearance

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 move-ment 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. Still, except for a small additional charge for analysis graphing, 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.