When most people think of chiropractic adjustments, they think of the popping noise that comes after the doctor pushes on their spine or adjusts their neck. Although these motions and noises are harmless byproducts of joint motion, they can be a cause of concern for some patients.
There is another way to effect the chiropractic adjustment. The Activator Method is a two-part chiropractic system: 1) it is a painless system of analyzing your bones, muscles, and nervous system function; 2) it is a gentle, safe, and effective way to adjust.
Activator Methods was first developed in the 1960s as an alternative way to analyze and adjust chiropractic patients. It has proven so reliable and consistent that the Activator instrument is now the most-utilized adjusting instrument used by chiropractors worldwide.
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The Activator Methods analysis helps the doctor determine where to adjust, when to adjust, and (more importantly) when not to adjust.
There are many ways for a chiropractor to analyze your nerves, muscles, and bones in order to detect points of injury (or subluxation). Some methods involve using computers and technology, others require a doctor's touch. The beauty behind the Activator Methods analysis system is its simplicity: by closely monitoring your body's reactions to performing certain motions and movements, the chiropractor is able to quickly identify which areas of your body are neurologically compromised.
The patient merely has to lie down on the table and perform specific motions with her arms, legs, and head. Since all your muscles are powered by nerves and attached to bones, the motions you make with your arms and head affect every part of your body. An injury to your shoulder, for example, will cause your entire body to tense upon motion. Your body has certain predictable patterns of reflex and compensation mechanics that the Activator Methods chiropractor is trained to recognize.
Since the Activator chiropractor re-analyzes each patient at each visit (the analysis is brief but thorough), each patient is assured of having a personalized adjustment tailored to their exact needs on that day. The Activator analysis not only indicates those areas of the body which need to be adjusted, it also indicates which areas of the body have healed and are no longer in need of chiropractic care!