Chiropractic care has been used for decades to treat different chronic conditions. Spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments can be done employing various techniques.
Until recently, most people have always known that chiropractic adjustment has to be done manually by a chiropractor. However, in the wake of the 21st century, things are evolving. Most common chiropractic treatments are also changing with technological advancements.
Some other techniques and methods are used together with the traditional chiropractic methods.
One of these methods is the Activator Method. The activator method employs the use of a small device that aids in adjustments. As you continue to read about the activator method, you will learn that it is used as an extension of our chiropractor’s hands.
In a nutshell, the activator method uses a small device as a treatment and diagnostic tool to treat various types of neck pain, back pain, and chronic headaches. The instrument used is known as the activator adjusting instrument.
The activator method has been around since 1967. Four activator instruments were used separately, but only one is being used.
In the chiropractor’s mind, the term Activator has two meanings:
The device releases gentle impulse forces directly to the spine to restore mobility to the targeted area. This method is used as the alternative to the conventional technique referred to as high-velocity low-amplitude thrust (HVLA).
The activator adjusting instrument is the second most common device that is used in chiropractic care. It is also an instrument that has been approved by Medicare.
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The activator method used in spinal adjustment can be described as follows:
The activator method involves a series of steps. However, our chiropractor can choose to use the steps or skip them and focus on using the activator instrument alone.
The technique will be performed when you lie face down on the table. The treatment will start at your lower back pain, then slowly moving toward the head while targeting each vertebral segment.
In the process, our chiropractor will check for signs and symptoms to spot the trouble areas.
The activator adjustment instrument is then applied to the areas near the joint or surrounding tissues. You will feel pressure then a quick thrust, which mimics the feeling of having your reflexes tested when your knee gets tapped.
You will have to remain still unlike the traditional HVLA thrust that requires twisting and turning.
Nearly 70% of chiropractors use the activator method to treat patients. It can be used to manage the following:
There is an excellent reason as to why the activator instrument has been used for decades. It is a very effective method. Here are some of the benefits:
Now that you have read about the activator method, contact Dr. Dean Dierksen at Premier Chiropractic & Wellness if you need chiropractic care.