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What Is the Activator Methods of Chiropractic Technique?

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique® is a gentle, low-force program of chiropractic care that has been safely used for over 30 years to benefit a wide range of spinal health problems -without drugs or surgery! Chiropractic has been caring for families just like yours for over 100 years.

In the late 1960s, this technique was developed to improve the safety and comfort of chiropractic patients. Since then, the Activator Technique has grown to be the most widely used “low force” chiropractic technique in the world.

The Activator Technique incorporates the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examinations along with a unique system of administering spinal adjustments. Using the Activator analysis and the Activator instruments, we can restore proper spinal balance, safely and comfortably.

Doctors of Chiropractic receive extensive training in the Activator Technique. You’ll also be pleased to know that this method is one of the most scientifically researched techniques in chiropractic.

What Makes “Activator Method Chiropractic Technique®” Different?

Restoring your spinal health and body mechanics – safely, gently and effectively – is the driving force behind the scientifically designed Activator Instrument®.

One of the unique features of the Activator Instrument® is that we can zero in on the exact area that is causing your health problem without interrupting the body mechanics of nearby vertebrae. Your body may have a natural tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of a manual adjustment. Because Activator® adjustments are so quick and controlled, your body’s reflexes are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and exact adjustment.

By pinpointing and correcting the exact area of spinal joint dysfunction with the Activator Technique, your problem is less likely to return!

This technique utilizes specific procedures to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyze leg length inequality, detect body mechanics problems, and test neurological reflexes. With these unique diagnostic tools, we can accurately check your overall spinal balance.


To address spinal joint dysfunction, we use a spinal health and  body mechanics instrument called the Activator®. This unique hand-held instrument was scientifically designed after 30 years of clinical use and 13 years of research to give you a very specific, “low-force” adjustment. The Activator Instrument® delivers a controlled, light, and fast thrust, without causing undue strain to you.

The Activator Technique works well for children because it is quick and easy. Even young children who may have problems keeping still for adjustments typically have no problems with Activator adjustments. They even look forward to their next visit!

Elderly patients also benefit from the Activator Technique. The unique Activator adjustment offers gentle and effective care for elderly patients who suffer from degeneration, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

In a survey by an independent market research company (Professional Mail Surveys), Activator was rated as the safest, easiest and third most used chiropractic technique. The extreme safety of the instrument may be attributed to the specific controlled low force adjustments that are performed in the prone neutral position without twisting the patient.

With the exponential rise of the “baby boomer” population, AMCT provides a means of caring for large numbers of patients who desire not to be “cracked” or “popped.” Activator doctors have been reported to see 55% more patients than the average chiropractor.

Visit www.activator.com for more information regarding our technique.