Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of chiropractic care is the multitude of disciplines that can be used to treat a patient’s condition and improve their quality of life. No matter what modality a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine chooses, the goal is the same – the manipulation of the musculoskeletal system, primarily the spine, to improve function, reduce inflammation and pain, and help the body recover naturally.
Depending on a patient’s needs, some chiropractors will use their hands for manual treatments; however, others might rely on specialized tools or equipment to provide the same results. This approach is often known as “instrument-assisted” adjustments. Although, one of the most common instrument-assisted techniques is the Activator Method.
What is the Activator Method?
The Activator Method requires a chiropractor to use a small hand-held device called an Activator Adjustment Instrument, or more simply, an Activator. This method is considered ideal for patients who require more gentle manipulation methods. This often includes patients with arthritis, those who are pregnant, or patients that are hesitant to try traditional forms of chiropractic medicine.
This device provides a gentle force without twisting or turning the patient’s body as an extension of the chiropractor’s hands. This, in turn, helps provide precise adjustments to correct misalignments and is commonly used to treat various conditions, including back pain, chronic headaches, neck pain, spinal disc conditions, and inflammation of joints.
How Does the Activator Method Work?
A physical evaluation is often conducted before treatment begins. During this evaluation, the doctor will perform reflex testing and leg length testing, if required, to identify which dysfunctions are occurring within the spine. When the treatment begins, the patient will relax on an adjustment table, and the chiropractor will work on each section of the spine individually with the Activator.
The Activator is a hand-held device that works as an extension of the chiropractor’s hands. This device can be spring-loaded or electronic and mimics the same effects hand spinal manipulation offers. The Activator uses high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust to relieve pressure from spinal nerves, realign the spine, and remove nearby muscle strain.
The areas that bother the patient are gently tapped by following a distinct sequence. First, a small amount of pressure is applied and followed by a quick thrust. The Activator achieves these corrections quickly, making it less likely that the patient will be less tense and, in turn, more receptive to treatments. After the Activator is used, the patient is re-evaluated to verify signs of correction; however, several visits may be necessary for some.
What Are the Benefits of the Activator Method?
The Activator Method can correct spinal misalignments without the need for twisting or repositioning during treatment. This makes it a preferable treatment method for many when reviewed alongside traditional manual manipulation techniques. By correcting spinal subluxations, the following benefits can be achieved:
- The restoration of proper motion, function, or sensation in affected areas.
- The reduction of stiffness or inflammation in joints.
- The alleviation of pain and discomfort.
- The removal of nerve blockages.
Compared to other forms of chiropractic manipulation, the Activator Method may also provide localized treatment to specific areas in the patient’s body.
Why Choose Hunt Spinal Care?
At Hunt Spinal Care, we understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach that can address your needs and conditions, and we will work with you to determine which treatment option is the right one for you. If you are looking for a Tulsa chiropractor that uses the Activator Method, we are here to help! For more information on the Activator Method or to schedule an appointment, please contact Hunt Spinal Care today.