About The Activator Chiropractic Tool

The Activator treatment What is the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique? One question we're asked often by new patients and patient's of other chiropractors in the Burlington, VT area, especially those who perform the "traditional" manual manipulation (i.e. the cracking variety), is: what is the Activator?

Simply put, the Activator is a more modern chiropractic tool that trades in force for speed, adding in the precision that the Activator instrument allows.

The Activator chiropractic method or technique is a gentle, low-force program of chiropractic care which has been safely used for nearly 40 years to benefit people with a wide range of health problems - all without drugs or surgery! In the late 1960's, this revolutionary technique was developed to improve the safety and comfort of chiropractic patients.& Since then, the technique has grown to be the most widely-used "low force" chiropractic technique in the world.


Many of our patients have expressed that they find traditional chiropractic methods, especially with the rotational components of the neck adjustment and low back, to be disconcerting. This concern is alleviated at Back to Health Chiropractic with the Activator method - Dr. Molly will never twist or crack your neck or low back. Instead, patients lay face down on the table and we use the Activator instrument in very precise spots. The Activator is actually so gentle that many patients remark that they barely felt anything at all, but are so pleased with the chiropractic care they receive at the Back to Health wellness clinic that they refer their friends and families.

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The Activator medical instrument was developed over 40 years using medical chiropractic data and backed by the FDA for use on patients barring any contraindications. This is the only chiropractic instrument approved for adjustments by the FDA. You have the option at Back to Health Family Chiropractic to use our automatic tables that lower and raise your body or you can climb onto a more traditional chiropractic table if your prefer.

Using the Activator instrument, your chiropractor can help restore spinal balance, safely, and comfortably. This technique uses specific procedures to detect spinal joint dysfunction, analyze leg length inequality, detect body mechanic problems, and test neurological reflexes. Through these series of tests, the doctor now knows where adjustments are needed. The Activator instrument delivers a controlled, light, and fast thrust, without causing undue strain to patients. This adjustment is so quick and controlled, that your body's muscles are less likely to resist. This allows for a more precise and exact adjustment. This techniques also allows patients who suffer from degeneration, arthritis, and osteoporosis to be adjusted without cause for concern.

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique (or AMCT) uses the most recent orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic advances to locate problems in the spine and extremities for the enhanced treatment of patients. AMCT has been developed from years of empirical study and clinical research. Activator Methods rely on an Activator Adjusting Instrument such to provide quick, reliable, painless chiropractic adjustments. Over 30000 doctors have been trained in AMCT. More than two thousand of these doctors are Proficiency Rated. FDA approved AMCT is now the most extensively used procedure on the planet. This suggests a high level of patient satisfaction.

Still want to know more?

Check out our Activator method video to learn more about how the Activator method of chiropractic care can make you reach your optimal health and wellness goals!

Interested in learning more about the Activator tool or method of chiropractic medicine? Check out The Activator Method by Arlan W. Fuhr, an in depth book of all the information you could want to know about the Activator. Buy a PDF version on eBay, or you can buy a hardback copy on booktiz.com.

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