The Activator Method is one of the most widely researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with 26 clinical trials to support its efficacy. Activator Methods has published hundreds of clinical and scientific peer-reviewed papers, worked with major academic research institutions, and received grants from recognized entities like the National Institutes of Health.
The Activator device is designed to mimic the effects of a manual spinal adjustment. Some chiropractors use the device because they find it is a more precise way of manipulating the spine. Due to the speed of the instrument, muscles are less likely to tense during treatment.
Evidence suggests that the Activator is also capable of localizing treatment to a small area, such as a single vertebrae. This means that each adjustment can offer the same amount of force as a manual realignment but focused on a smaller, more concise area.
There are protocols in place that advise chiropractors when to use (or not use) the Activator Method and where. This includes things like a patient evaluation, reflex testing and possibly leg length testing to identify specific spinal joint dysfunction.
Once an evaluation has taken place, a chiropractor will apply the Activator device to the tissues at or around the affected joint. The patient will experience an initial pressure followed by a quick thrust from the device, much like when a doctor tests the reflexes of a knee.
During the Activator Method, the patient will remain still and will not experience any turning or pulling. Afterwards, the chiropractor will evaluate the patient for signs of correction. This kind of treatment can be used in tandem with other alignment techniques by our chiropractors in Valrico.
The Activator Method calls for one thrust per affected tissue area to encourage realignment by the spine. Please note: when administering this treatment, the doctor should not repeatedly apply the Activator to the same area during one session.
While the Activator Adjusting Instrument has been around since the 1970s, it is still relatively unknown to those who are not familiar with chiropractic services. It was approved by the FDA in 1997 and has been deemed safe to use for spinal realignment and adjustments.
Data shows that the Activator device is about as effective as traditional or diversified alignment techniques. While there are more studies underway about this style of treatment, most experts agree that the only way to experience real results is to visit with a doctor who is trained in this specific method. To be certified in the Activator Method, chiropractors must attend a seminar and receive at least a Proficiency Rating in the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique.