The Activator Method has grown to be the most widely used "low force" technique in chiropractic. This specific system of adjusting restores proper balance, and does it with improved safety and comfort.
How does the Activator instrument work?
Activator technique utilizes a hand held, spring-loaded adjusting instrument to deliver a focused corrective impulse into the dysfunctional spinal segment. This technique is most commonly used in patients who prefer a low-force correction without the traditional "hands-on" thrust.
The handheld Activator instrument is specifically designed to deliver a controlled, light and fast thrust without undue strain to the patient. 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 form the intrusion. The Activator instrument produces a thrust which is quicker that the body's reflexes can respond and tighten up the local muscles.
In other words, the thrust delivered by the instrument is so quick that it accelerates ahead of the body's tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of an adjustment. 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."
Therefore, although the Activator instrument produces a very effective thrust, it is felt as a very gentle sensation only. Because of the accuracy and controlled light force, Activator Methods adjustments are suitable and comfortable for all types of patients, ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and seniors.