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Our Chiropractic Techniques

Activator Methods®

We use one of the most popular “low force” chiropractic techniques in the world.  The instrument and the protocols we use have been in use for decades. The instrument itself has evolved to the model currently used in this practice.

This method of analysis is well researched and continues to evolve as our body of knowledge continues to grow. Every year, we attend educational forums to update our knowledge of the science, use and effectiveness of this method to maintain our expertise in this approach, and in the practice of Chiropractic.

The adjustment with the Activator differs from the manual adjustment primarily in that there is no “cracking” sound/sensation associated with it (and no twisting of the body that is necessary in most manual techniques).  Although there is nothing harmful about that “cracking” sound, or the twisting necessary in some manual adjustments (provided by a qualified chiropractor), some people just don’t like it.  Many of our patients have consulted us for this specific reason.

The Evaluation

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

The Activator Methods® Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust.

Patients are generally evaluated in a face-down position using a series of reflexive tests in which the patient may move in specific ways.  The doctor may also apply gentle pressure here and there along the spine or other joints as a part of the evaluation.  When indicated by these tests, and providing the patient history and examination don’t contraindicate it, the doctor will perform an adjustment with the instrument. If, in a particular case, the history or examination indicate that a particular area should not be adjusted then the doctor will not adjust that joint

The Adjusting Instrument

Because it’s 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.

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.

Chiropractic Spinal Care Centre | (780) 963-7090