Chiropractic Activator treatment uses a handheld instrument to provide a softer chiropractic treatment. Activators are sometimes used as an alternative to traditional chiropractic methods. The activator can be utilized to perform adjustments on select patients, such as the elderly and those with acute pain. This hands-free adjustment technique has been shown to reduce pain and to be as effective as regular chiropractic care.
There are two advantages of an activator instrument assisted treatment. The first is based on the speed of the device. The instrument is so quick that the body's muscles are less likely to tense in response, and resist the treatment. The lack of muscle resistance may facilitate the treatment effectiveness. The second is that the applied force is localized and does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.
The Activator Method is one of the most widely-researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with 23 clinical trials to support its efficacy. The Activator Method has been published in hundreds of clinical and scientific peer-reviewed papers, worked with major academic research institutions, and received grants from recognized entities like the National Institutes of Health.