DEFINE – What is the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique?
The activator method chiropractic technique is a diagnostic system commonly used by chiropractors to assess pain in the back, neck, and head, including headaches.
BREAKING DOWN – Activator Method Chiropractic Technique
When using the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique, chiropractors will use a tool called an Activator Adjusting Instrument. This helps evaluate the pain in the patient, and also treat it by bringing motion back to the affected area.
The Activator Adjusting Instrument is one of the most important tools in a chiropractor’s repertoire. It works by applying gentle pressure to a small area with an impulse force, and can be viewed as an alternative method to the traditional manual back adjustments associated with the profession. In other words, it provides enough force to adjust the spine and vertebrae, but not injure it nor cause pain.
There are 4 different types of Activator instruments used within the field of chiropractic, which vary in how they function and what they can treat.
The biggest advantage of this technique is that the quick nature of the impulse force will bypass the body’s ability to tense the muscles. Most chiropractic techniques require that the patient is completely at ease, and doesn’t tense up their muscles in anticipation. Another benefit of the technique is that it doesn’t require the same manipulation of the limbs as the manual adjustment techniques. This reduces the risk of further injury, and greatly simplifies and speeds up the process.
To apply the Activator Method, practitioners must complete a proficiency training course, in order to get the necessary certificate. This gives the practitioner more options, and allows them to utilise another technique in their practice. It’s further a very common technique used by chiropractors in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.
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