Activator Method®

At Total Wellness of New Jersey, the Activator Method is one of our most popular “low-force” chiropractic techniques.

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

Activator Instrument: the hand-held instrument delivers a precise, repeatable force at just the right angle.

The Activator Method is a chiropractic technique used to treat back pain, neck pain, and headaches with a small handheld instrument.

We perform the Activator Method using the Activator Adjusting Instrument, which applies a precise gentle force to the spine. The instrument is designed to help restore optimal range of motion to target spinal vertebrae and joints.

The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a handheld spring-loaded tool that delivers a consistent low-force, high-speed thrust. Because it’s many times faster than adjustments delivered by hand, the body rarely tightens to resist, making adjustments comfortable and effective. It’s also helpful for adjusting elbows, wrists, knees, and other joints of the body.

You may be familiar with the more classic form of spinal manipulation called the high-velocity low-amplitude (HLVA) thrust. The Activator Method is now used as an alternative to HVLA.

Next to the Diversified Technique, also offered at Total Wellness of New Jersey, the Activator Method is one of the most commonly used and researched chiropractic techniques in the United States.

Here’s an overview of what you can expect when we use the Activator Method:

Activator Method: Initial Evaluation

The patient is initially placed lying face-down on a table and the doctor first determines whether one leg is shorter than the other one. The commonly observed short leg is a “functional” short leg–a sign of a neurological and/or biomechanical involvement that causes imbalance in the body. After we achieve initial balancing and lumbopelvic stabilization biomechanically and neurologically, we can utilize an isolation test. This series of analyses begins with the lower back and progresses toward the head with tests for each vertebral segment available. We also use isolation tests for the extremities as well.

This time-tested protocol tells us if vertebral subluxations exist and at what locations. It also helps us determine when to adjust and when not to adjust.

Activator Method: The Procedure

Speed is key to the Activator instrument’s ability to restore proper mobility in the spine. The instrument is so quick that the body’s muscles don’t have time to tense up in response, which makes treatment more effective and successful.

Also key to Activator Method’s effectiveness is the precision of the Activator instrument. Since the force is applied locally to the affected joint, it does not add any additional torque or bending movement to the joint.

Essentially, like all other chiropractic techniques, the Activator Method works by restoring optimal function to your joints. Your body requires optimal joint function. If a joint is not functioning as it should, it affects all surrounding joints and tissues, because they have to work to compensate for the limited range of motion in the affected joint. By restoring proper spinal mobility, we can achieve optimal function and pain relief.

After we complete the adjustment, we’ll conduct follow-up visits to monitor its effectiveness.

Activator Method: The Follow-Up

After your adjustment, we retest to ensure that we’ve produced changes. Testing afterwards helps us deliver high-quality care and leads to higher levels of patient satisfaction.