The Activator Chiropractic technique, or the spinal adjustment, is a method of treatment that’s usually used to treat the back, neck pains, and headaches. Different Chiropractors apply different techniques to administer the medication. While many prefer using their hands to twist their patients’ backs gently, others use the Activator device or merely apply pressure on their patients on a drop-down table. Most initial treatments, however, begin with a series of visits followed by routine evaluations.
The Activator equipment is a small instrument used to make the adjustments to soothe the problem gently. The method involves multiple steps. A chiropractor may choose to follow all the steps or to focus on only using the instrument. A typical treatment begins with the low back progressing towards the head. It targets each vertebral segment individually. In this article, however, we will focus on using the equipment.
The Activator Equipment
It is a small handheld, spring-loaded shaped instrument, which releases stimulus to the spine; usually less than 0.3 J of energy and in a 3-millisecond pulse. The device should generate sufficient force to move the vertebrae, but not to cause an injury to the spine.
The Activator Chiropractic Method’s Procedure
During treatment, the patient lies face down on an adjustment table. The legs’ functional lengths should slightly differ. A series of muscle tests such as moving the arms in specific positions follow to activate the particular vertebrae muscles. If there is a leg-length change, then the particular vertebra is considered the source of the problem. The practitioner will then continue with the evaluation process to identify the extremities. Then, a focus on each area of the spine follows until the patient feels relaxed.
The tissue bordering the problematic areas are tapped with the device, with varying amounts of pressure depending on the patient’s condition. The practitioner continues with the treatment while progressively moving along the spine from the feet to the head. Nonetheless, there is no turning or twisting with this method, which many patients enjoy.
- It is a safe treatment for aching backs, necks, joints, and muscles.
- The limbs and spine maneuverability maximizes.
- Harmonization and balance are enhanced.
- The joints weakening reduces.
A practitioner will recommend a series of treatments for the first 4 to 6 weeks, such as 1 to 2 times a week. Once the patient’s condition improves, the procedure is completed, however, if the patient condition doesn’t improve after 3 – 4 treatments, the chiropractor stops the medication and re-evaluate the symptoms to identify an alternative approach.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of the Instrument based on several clinical tests with positive results showing that the instrument is effective and safe; therefore, it should gradually relieve you from the unbearable pains.