What is Activator Method Adjusting Technique?

"Activator" is a instrument joint adjustment technique that was developed in the late 1960's to improve the safety and comfort of the chiropractic patient. Since then, the 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 instrument, we can restore proper spinal balance, safely and comfortably.

When the doctor adjusts you using Activator there is no manual twisting or jumping... no "popping" or "crunching" of the joint. Special tables are used to lower the patient into position and patients are usually in a comfortable face down position during the adjustment. The Activator instrument delivers a controlled, light, and fast thrust, without causing you undo strain. One of the unique features of the Activator instrument is very specific to the joint you are adjusting and does not intefere with the body mechanics of nearby vertebrae.

Doctors who use the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique receive extensive training, and must take a written exam and hands on practical to become certified. Dr. Anderson was the first Advanced Proficiency rated doctor in the state of Vermont

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