WHAT IS ACTIVATOR METHODS CHIROPRACTIC TECHNIQUE?
Activator Methods uses the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations to seek joint dysfunction in the spinal column and extremities. This technique is a comprehensive, integrated series of procedures to find and correct subluxations in the spine and other areas of the body framework. Subluxations involve joint dysfunction and associated interference to the nervous system's control and coordination of your body's function and your health.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES THE ACTIVATOR TREAT?
The Activator instrument is used to treat pain and dysfunction in most joints of the body. This includes the spinal column (low back and hip pain; neck pain and headaches; mid back and rib pain) and pain in the extremities: shoulders, knees, ankles, elbows, wrists (carpal tunnel syndrome), hands and feet. The Activator instrument is also useful in correcting misalignments in the jaw joints (TMJ), and helping with pain, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs (sciatica) radiating from the neck and lower back respectively.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF ACTIVATOR METHODS TECHNIQUE
Two features are unique to the technique, and offer special benefits for patients:
1. FINDING SUBLUXATIONS THE ACTIVATOR WAY
The first feature is a very particular way of locating and characterizing subluxations.
This involves "leg length checking", in which the chiropractor carefully compares the relative lengths of the patient’s legs while the patient is lying face down on a comfortable adjusting table. The patient is asked to move certain body parts in certain ways. For example, turning the face one way and then the other. This places stresses on related areas of the spine.
When a subluxation is present in the area being tested, the movement causes an abnormal nerve reaction in that area which leads to tightening of associated muscles. Muscles on one side of the body contract and shorten relative to the other side, and the chiropractor can detect this by noting a shortening of one of the legs relative to the other.
The chiropractor uses these tests to determine which areas of the body, particularly the spine, need adjusting at any particular time.
2. "FIXING" SUBLUXATIONS THE ACTIVATOR WAY
Adjustments are delivered by the second feature of Activator Methods technique, the Activator adjusting instrument.
This small, hand-held metal instrument delivers a gentle but powerful thrust which is barely discernible to the patient. The thrust is developed from the rapid release of a compressed spring inside the instrument.
HOW DOES THE ACTIVATOR INSTRUMENT WORK?
When any force, such as a chiropractic 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. 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 mild sensation only.
WHO CAN IT HELP?
Experience over 45 years has shown that the Activator instrument is suitable for all patients, including the smallest baby, the frail senior citizen, and the burly sportsman.
The use of the isolation tests, leg length checking and the Activator adjusting instrument, all put together as an integrated series of procedures, provide an effective method of chiropractic health care.