After 50 years of study and 25 years of clinical research, there evolved a technique based on low force and high speed activation of the skeletal structure which incorporated the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic science.
The activator method has grown to be the most widely used “low force” technique in chiropractic. This specific system of adjusting restores proper balance, and does it with improved safety and comfort.
How does the Activator adjusting instrument work?
Activator technique utilizes a small spring-loaded adjusting instrument to deliver a focused corrective impulse into the dysfunctional spinal segment. This technique is most commonly used in patients who prefer a low-force correction without the traditional “hands-on” thrust.
The hand-held Activator instrument is specifically designed to deliver a controlled, light and fast thrust without undue strain to the patient.
When any force, such as a chiropractic adjustment, intrudes into the body, muscles in the involved area are automatically contracted by reflex mechanism, in order to protect that area from the intrusion. Because Activator is many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees and other joints of the body.
Because of the accuracy and controlled light force, Activator Methods adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and seniors.
What is the doctor doing during my treatment?
The doctor is using a testing procedure developed by Activator Methods which utilizes a system of body mechanics, neurological reflexes and leg length tests to check your overall spinal balance and help locate the misalignments in your spinal column. These vertebral misalignments may be the source of irritation to your nervous system, causing pain and symptoms in your body. The time-tested protocol tells us if vertebral subluxation complexes exist and their location. It also helps us know when to adjust and when not to adjust.
The Follow Up
After your adjustment, we retest to make sure changes have been produced. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and high levels of patient satisfaction.