Activator Method Technique
What is Activator Method Technique?
The Activator Method uses a small, hand-held instrument called the Activator Adjusting Instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring motion to the targeted spinal vertebra or joint.
It is an alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation
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 diversified 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. The Activator instrument produces a thrust which is quicker than the body’s reflexes can respond and tighten up the local muscles. In other words, the thrust delivered by the instrument is so quick that it accelerates ahead of the body’s tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of an adjustment.
So, in simple terms, the force necessary to move and adjust the joint is developed by the “speed” of the instrument’s thrust, and not by a high “force”. So, although the Activator instrument produces a very effective thrust, it is felt as a very gentle sensation only.
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.
The Activator Technique works well for children because it is quick and easy. Even young children who may have problems keeping still for adjustments typically have no problems with Activator adjustments. They even look forward to their next visit!
Elderly patients also benefit from the Activator Technique. The unique Activator adjustment offers gentle and effective care for elderly patients who suffer from degeneration, arthritis, and osteoporosis.