We love implementing technology at Lake Effect Chiropractic! 

One device we use is the PulStar. Some people don't like the bending, twisting, and popping associated with chiropractic, or perhaps they were told that they weren’t a candidate for chiropractic care. The PulStar is an amazing technological option for light force chiropractic adjustments that help doesn’t involve twisting, bending, or popping joints. 

The machine is easy to use, gentle, and has patients raving about feeling less stiffness, better movement, and greater flexibility afterwards!

Who can benefit from using the PulStar?

Chiropractic manipulation involves correcting abnormal movement patterns in the joints. Hands-on maneuvers, called chiropractic adjustments, use a gentle, quick force into the affected joint or region of the body. 

However, not everyone is a good fit for this hands-on approach.  Some individuals cannot sit upright, lay on their side, or lay face down for an adjustment, yet they have joint restrictions or loss of mobility. These people need help, too.  

Restricted joints in the spine and joints, muscle tightness, and decreased range of motion affect how the body moves and functions and can result in pain and dysfunction.

Treatment with the PulStar device feels like small, quick, painless taps on the affected area or body part.  The PulStar device is easily accessible and helpful for patients who may not physically be able to receive a chiropractic adjustment.  

How does the PulStar work?

The PulStar is an effective, hand-held device that creates gentle thrusts just as effective as a chiropractic adjustment.  The doctor holds the PulStar device and directs multiple impulses at the areas needing treatment.  These gentle oscillations help reduce restrictions in the affected areas and add more motion to the joint or spinal segment. 

This creates better movement and functioning of the affected area. And it helps relieve pain!

Although chiropractic adjustments are usually done by hand, a small tool or handheld device like the PulStar may be used instead.  The device is quick, precise, safe, and computer controlled.  The PulStar replaces the fast, manual chiropractic adjustment.

An audible ‘pop’ does not occur with the PulStar because the physiology uses specific, direct oscillation instead of a high velocity thrust. This eliminates the release of gas from the sudden decrease in pressure in the joint, resulting in no ‘pops’ or joint cavitation. 

If you’re afraid of the clicks or pops that can occur with a chiropractic adjustment, then the PulStar is a great alternative for reducing pain and dysfunction while increasing motion in an affected joint or region of the body. 

Many patients benefit from the PulStar at Lake Effect Chiropractic!

What conditions is the PulStar used for?


The PulStar is a gentle machine that helps eliminate aches, pains, muscles, and joint dysfunction.  Every treatment plan is unique and specifically tailored to what a person needs. 


Our patients at Lake Effect Chiropractic benefit from the PulStar when they experience:


Other people who may benefit from the PulStar approach include individuals with:

  • Fragile bones
  • Recent fractures
  • Blood disorders
  • History of surgery
  • And other conditions that may complicate receiving hands-on work or even be a contraindication to an adjustment. 


The PulStar system is specifically designed to treat a myriad of musculoskeletal conditions, including those that may not benefit from a hands-on approach.

Can a PulStar machine help me?

In many instances, yes! 

Our chiropractic office has helped hundreds in the Bay City community reduce pain levels, treat the pain source, improve range of motion, and help patients obtain his or her health goals. Every patient is unique and valuable to our chiropractic office, and every treatment plan is specifically catered to your needs.

During the initial appointment, our doctors will discuss your unique needs and create a specific treatment plan for you and your condition, which may incorporate the use of the PulStar device. Our knowledgeable and experienced team is here for you, and alternatives can be discussed that are specific and catered to your needs.

If you’re in the Bay City area and interested in learning more about chiropractic adjustments and the PulStar device, give us a call! 

We would love for you to speak to our team or visit our office to determine what approaches are right for your care.

What Our Patients Are Saying

 "Dr Ashley is awesome. My lower back was also so sore when walking. She worked on my back and my back feels good again. Dr Ashley is so sweet and thorough and didn’t miss a thing. I feel myself again."

-Jacquelyn: Bay City, MI 


"My sister referred me to Dr. Ashley for some ankle pain I’ve been having for a few months, along with some other aches and pains. After only three weeks, my pain has diminished greatly and I’m moving so much better. As a recreational runner, the time I spend not working is important to me and to enjoy my time pain-free makes it all the more enjoyable. Thank you for your expertise and education regarding my body!"

-Liz: Tobico Marsh Trails 


"I had a hard time getting out of bed. My lower back was in bad shape. After 3 visits Brittany whipped me back into shape and I feel 100% better. She also educated me on certain exercises I can do at home to strengthen my lower back. I highly recommend Lake Effect Chiropractic."

-Mike: Bay, City, MI