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Activator: A gentle Chiropractic Technique

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a chiropractic treatment method and device created as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. The device is categorized as a mechanical force manual assisted instrument which is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique.
The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique involves having the patient lie in a prone position. The chiropractor then carries out a series of muscle tests such as having the patient move their arms in a certain position in order to activate the muscles attached to specific vertebrae. The chiropractor treats problems found in this way moving progressively along the spine in the direction from the feet towards the head.
 The joints of the problem areas will be tapped with the device, first with a small amount of pressure followed by a quick thrust, which sort of feels like having your reflexes tested. There is no twisting or turning with this method, which many patients seem to enjoy.

k and efficient way to manipulate the spine. Because of the instrument’s speed, the muscles that are treated are less likely to tense up. This means a patient could be more receptive to treatment. In addition, the device is able to localize treatment to a small area. Often times, other adjustment methods address a section of the back, rather than single vertebrae. The activator does the opposite as it addresses each joint individually.

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