The Activator method differs from the manual hand technique in that it does not use manual, hand-based adjustments. Instead, a mechanized instrument activates a rubber piston at the end of the device to adjust the vertebrae in the spine.
A specific amount of force is given to produce skeletal corrections while minimizing the risk of injury or discomfort to the patient. Our practice members are also less likely to tense in order to “protect” muscles as they would with slower, easier to anticipate manual adjustments. Another advantage to the preset force levels is that the quick, vibrating motion can be controlled in a single point of pressure.
The Activator chiropractic method was first developed in 1967 by Dr. Arlan Fuhr. His aim was to provide standardized care using an instrument that could apply gentler forces in low amplitude but a high frequency.
The first Activator device was patented in 1978, and has since obtained approval from the FDA as a safe and effective medical device. The Activator method is the second-most common chiropractic method used after diversified technique. Seventy percent of chiropractic professionals use it, typically in conjunction with other adjustment options.