I enjoy using the Activator to adjust patients because of its versatility, durability, reliability, and gentleness. I know that every time I engage the spring-action inside the Activator, the resulting thrust is going to be ultra-fast, ultra-gentle, and the exact same velocity and amplitude as the last time I engaged it. In other words, the Activator never gets tired. The spring may get worn out (after 100,000 adjustments), but at the end of a given day, the adjustive thrust is exactly the same as the first adjustment of the morning.
The following video by Arlan Fuhr, D.C., provides a brief but thorough explanation of exactly how the Activator instrument works. By choosing different tensions on the springs, the doctor can ensure enough force for the sturdy lumbar vertebrae but delicate force for the smaller cervical vertebrae. When the vertebrae subluxate, they quite literally move slightly out of proper alignment with either the vertebra above or below. Choosing the right amount of force ensures that the Activator can nudge the vertebrae back into place.
The small rubber tip of the Activator also guarantees that the forces are only locally introduced, resulting in the intended effect. A larger tip would dissipate the force over a broad area.
When using the Activator, it is the doctor's responsibility to maintain a proper angle of use to affect a single vertebrae. Each vertebra has its own tendencies of movement, and its own unique architecture in relation to the neighboring bones, nerves, and muscles. Even an Activator thrust applied to the correct vertebrae but at the wrong angle will likely have no effect. This is why a doctor's knowledge of anatomy is so crucial to gaining your desired results.
Thus, an Activator provides an exact amount of force at an exact amount of speed in a precise location in a precise direction. Phew! So that's how it works.
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