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Activator Method

What is the Activator Method?

The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held, spring loaded device that delivers fast, precise adjustments in order to restore range of motion to the vertebrae and extremity joints.

This is the most popular method next to the Thompson Technique. More than 50 percent of all chiropractors use the Activator Method for chiropractic care.

When you arrive for your appointment, our chiropractor will evaluate your symptoms, perform a physical examination and determine which of your vertebrae or extremity joints need to be adjusted. The Activator will be placed against your skin in the location where the adjustment is to be performed.


Then, our chiropractor will trigger the Activator. The spring loaded device will deliver a force to the location that will push the vertebrae or joint back into its proper position. This restores movement and reduces inflammation and pain.

Activator Method on a patient

Activator Method FAQ

1. Why should I choose the Activator over traditional spinal manipulation?

Traditional spinal manipulation is performed with our chiropractor’s hands. During the adjustment, a quick, firm thrust will be used to realign the joint.


While this is perfectly safe, the adjusted area is much larger with a traditional adjustment than with an Activator adjustment. The Activator delivers a direct and precise adjustment that does not require any twisting or pulling.


Individuals typically find the activator method less physically and mentally stressful because there are not as many pops or cracks associated with the adjustment, and the speed of the device means that the muscles do not have time to tense against the force.

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