The activator is a chiropractic tool we use here in the clinic mainly for our pediatric patients. Learn more about this versatile tool, how we use it for pediatric treatment, and the safety of the technique!
What is an activator?
The activator is a spring-loaded, hand-held instrument used for adjusting. This tool allows the chiropractor to deliver a quick, low force impulse at very specific locations. The goal with this tool is the same as a manual adjustment: gain motion in a stuck joint. After the chiropractor assesses the joint and determines where the adjustment needs to be, the activator is placed firmly against the skin then the spring will deliver a quick thrust. With activator adjustments, there isn’t audible ‘cracking’ or ‘popping’ - just a ‘click’ from the activator itself. Along with this tool is a specific Activator Technique, that is used by some chiropractors as a way to assess and adjust the spine.
Pediatric care + the Activator
There are a few advantages to this technique, especially for kidz. For one, Activator adjustments are very fast, so muscles are less likely to respond or tense up. This tool also allows for localized mobilization of joints without placing the patient [in this case a child] in any type of ‘position’. This is how we accomplish our pediatric appointments even with the busiest little bodies! Some kidz [and mamas] prefer this method, particularly in the neck region because their head doesn’t have to be turned or twisted.
Safety + Effectiveness
Using an activator for chiropractic adjustments is both safe and effective. The adjustment is safe and gentle for the patient, while also allowing the patient to sit or lay in a comfortable position during their treatment [pictured below]. Like any form of treatment, you may find yourself preferring one technique over another [manual adjustments vs. activator technique].
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