What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. The main form of chiropractic treatment consists of aligning joints of the spine and extremities; this is called an adjustment. Adjustments facilitate proper joint function and mobility, decreasing pain and improving overall health function.
What is Activator Chiropractic?
Activator is a chiropractic technique in which chiropractors use
a mechanical instrument (called an Activator) to administer chiropractic
adjustments to the spine and extremities to help relieve pain and improve
musculoskeletal and nervous system function. Activator also utilizes an
analysis protocol that helps your chiropractor determine where an
adjustment is needed. This makes the Activator technique very thorough
What is the Activator Instrument Like?
The Activator is a hand-held instrument that looks like a small pogo stick. It was designed by M.I.T. engineers to give consistent, low-force, high-speed adjustments. Low force, high-speed means gentle!
What is an Activator Adjustment Like?
During an office visit, you lay face down on a special chiropractic table.
Your chiropractor will palpate (feel) all or part of your spine and involved
extremities. You may be asked to perform various motions (for example,
"raise your arm") that helps indicated where there is a problem.
Your chiropractor then places the tip of the activator instrument on the
part(s) of your back, neck, or extremity that needs to be adjusted and
administers the adjustment. You will hear a "click" from the Activator, but
there is no cracking, popping, or twisting of your body. You will feel
some pressure where the adjustment is administered, but generally there
is no pain. That's it! Simple, fast, gentle treatment for pain relief and
Is There A Difference Between Activator and Traditional Chiropractic Adjustments?
Both types of adjustments correct misalignments of the spine and extremities. The Activator analysis is more thorough and specific, and Activator adjustments are generally more gentle and comfortable.
What Are The Benefits of Activator Adjustments?
Reduction of Muscle Spasm
Reduction of Inflammation
Improved Joint Mobility and Function
Improved nervous system function which controls all organs and body functions, including the immune system
Gentleness, comfort, ease of administration
Thorough analysis and precise adjustments
Extensive research supporting technique
Ideal for anyone, including seniors and children