Spine, joints, and sports injuries heal faster with Activator chiropractic treatment. Published research reported that experienced chiropractors would use activator chiropractic methods over the Gonstead or Diversified methods.
All You Need To Know About The Activator Method Of Chiropractic Treatment
The “Activator Chiropractic Methods or ACM is the best means of chiropractic treatment. An “Activator” is a hand-held chiropractic instrument used to treat muscles, ligaments, joints, and spinal discs. The Activator Chiropractic Method (ACM) is the most researched chiropractic treatment technique. There are hundreds of clinical trials that support the efficacy and supremacy of this targeted method of chiropractic treatment. An assisted chiropractic treatment method is delivered through the hand-held instrument for greater effectiveness.
Dr. Arlan W. Fuhr first introduced the method in 1967. Dr. Fuhr is the co-founder and current chairman of Activator Methods International. To date, there are over 100 abstracts, manuals, and manuscripts published in reputable peer-reviewed journals. In short, the activator treatment is by far the most analytical method of chiropractic treatment. The U.S. National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Institute of Chiropractic Research endorses it. They have been strong supporters of Activator treatment.
What Makes The Activator Method Of Chiropractic Treatment Better Than The Gonstead Chiropractic Technique?
The Gonstead technique is an excellent chiropractic treatment technique for patients that don’t have scoliosis, sciatica, slipped disc (herniated, bulging, protruded, prolapsed, extruded, or fragment discs). Moreover, it should be avoided with all patients who have difficulty raising both legs. What makes Gonstead technique dangerous is the rotatory component of the method. In the Gonstead chiropractic technique, low back pain patients are positioned on their side with the top leg flexed at the knee.
The chiropractor then places one hand on the shoulder and the other on the spine. They may also place their flexed knee on the patient’s knee. Once the contact is made, the treatment is given through a thrust that rotates or twists the spine. Although the Gonstead chiropractic technique’s rotation is not as bad as the Diversified method, it still twists the patients’ spine.
Rotating or twisting of the spine shoulder never be performed on any patients that suffer from the following conditions:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Protruded or prolapsed discs
- Extruded discs
- Facet hypertrophy
- Hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum
- Acute neck or back pain
- Chronic neck or back pain
What Conditions Respond Well To The ACM?
The ACM (Activator Chiropractic Method) is the most versatile chiropractic technique. ACM enables a chiropractic doctor to treat spine, joint, and sports injuries with an exceptional efficacy level. In our center, we use ACM to treat pregnant patients with back pain. Also helpful for a slipped disc, scoliosis, sports injuries, knee pain, hip pain, and foot pain.
Likewise, jaw pain, elbow pain, and shoulder pain and injuries respond better with ACM. The ACM methods best treat shoulder impingement and frozen shoulder patients.
Back pain, headaches, Eagle syndrome, and neck pain can cause significant discomfort. Our chiropractic doctors take the time to analyze your condition before coming up with a targeted treatment plan. In general, our Doctors of Chiropractic use this hand-held instrument to help realign a joint or spinal segment. Our chiropractors prefer this method as it uses low-energy pulses to target areas in need of repair. In short, the ACM can help activate a problematic segment, muscle, or ligament back to a healthy state. As such, the method is called the “Activator.”
What Are The Advantages Of ACM Chiropractic Treatment?
The ACM (Activator Chiropractic Method) treatment is not new. Chiropractic activator treatments with ACM started over five decades ago. ACM continues to be one of the best methods of chiropractic treatment. It is an excellent treatment tool that can help with various stages of repair, recovery, and relief.
Our chiropractors and thousands of American, Canadian, Australian, and European chiropractors trust the research behind ACM. If you are in pain and need treatment, contact a Chiropractic Specialty Center® near you for more information about our methods and ACM today.
The most clinically critical point that led to the Activator instrument’s notoriety was the level of specificity and control it offers. Chiropractors who want to zone in on the troubled area without causing harm will almost always opt for an Activator instrument. ACM provides better results compared to the manual hands-on-method of chiropractic adjustment.
Activating The Spine & Joints through ACM Speeds Healing & Recovery
Precise, targeted, and focused treatment with the highest degree of control is a must in any part of healthcare, including chiropractic. Before you get chiropractic treatment, be it manual or Activator-assisted, our chiropractor will perform a detailed assessment. Accurate evaluation is needed to identify aberrant and malfunctioning tissues (muscles, ligaments, spinal discs, and joints). Once your assessment is complete and a diagnosis rendered, treatments may begin. We provide chiropractic, targeted physiotherapy, and focused rehabilitation in our centers.
Our chiropractors and physiotherapists’ combined clinical efforts will positively impact the level of care you receive from us. Best of all, the Activator assists our Doctors of Chiropractic in providing you the best targeted treatments without rotating or twisting your neck and back. ACM’s procedures deliver low-impact pulses in a controlled manner that is not possible through manual means. In short, even severe or acute pain, such as an acute knee injury or a sprained hip, can benefit from ACM. If you have severely painful hip bursitis, opt for the ACM methods of Chiropractic treatments when you visit our center. Visit our article section to see other conditions commonly treated better through the ACM technique in chiropractic.
Assessing Treatment Risk Profile Is Vital To Establishing A Treatment Plan
When you decide on any care or treatment (be it chiropractic, physiotherapy, medication, spine surgery, or injections), you should always look at the risk level involved. Activator-assisted therapy is considered the safest of all chiropractic treatment procedures. This is why our chiropractors choose the Activator instrument as their personal go-to method when treating patients.
It has a plethora of advantages, but this is the one that stands out. It can do well in all situations while pinpointing tense muscles and help in the realignment of malpositioned spinal or joint segments called “subluxation.” Best of all, the Activator method of the spine or joint realignment is a painless and least aggravating or irritating method of chiropractic treatment.
Activator has a plethora of advantages. For example, it can do well in all situations while pinpointing tense muscles and help in the realignment of mispositioned spinal or joint segments called “subluxation.” Best of all, the Activator method of the spine or joint realignment is a painless and least aggravating or irritating method of chiropractic treatment.
What Is The Best Method Of Chiropractic Treatment For A Slipped Disc (Slip-Disc, Herniated, Prolapsed & Protruded Disc)?
Herniated, protruded, prolapsed, and extruded spinal discs are better known as a “Slipped Disc” or “Slip-Disc” respond better to an activator treatment. Spinal disc issues are severe spinal conditions requiring precise and accurate non-surgical therapy for recovery.
Chiropractors have used various methods and techniques to restore joint position and repair damaged spinal discs. To date, there has been lots of research published in reputable journals citing the benefits of chiropractic and physiotherapy when it comes to a slipped disc.
As mentioned above, the field of chiropractic has numerous methods of spinal manipulations. The sole purpose is to restore a joint’s function. The best and most researched care systems are those rendered through an activator. In 1998, Dr. Polkinghorm and Dr. Colloca published a case report titled “Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique.”
In their research, Dr. Polkinghorm and Dr. Colloca concluded using an Activator to benefit over side-posture manipulative techniques that others use. They further related that treatment of spinal disc lesions, such as a herniated, protruded, prolapsed disc (slipped disc), is better through an activator as opposed to the traditional methods utilized in Gonstead or diversified methods because there is zero torsional stress imposed upon the disc during instrumental spinal adjustment (chiropractic treatment via an Activator.
Can You Activate The Muscles & Trigger Points Through Chiropractic Treatment?
Contrary to common belief, a chiropractic adjustment does more than realign your spine if the chiropractor uses an Activator. An activator can realign a joint to a better position. It helps restore a malfunctioning disc, as mentioned in the case study above, and contribute to reducing trigger point and myofascial release. Dr. Blikstad and Dr. Gemmell published research in which 45 subjects between 18-55 with chronic trigger points.
The subjects were divided into three groups; Activator trigger point treatment group, manual myofascial band therapy group, and sham ultrasound group (control group). The trigger point treatments rendered through the Activator were seven times more effective than the group obtaining manual trigger point therapy or the ultrasound (control group).
This eye-opening research is yet more proof of why our research-based chiropractors use the Activator when they render their chiropractic treatments for patients that suffer from the spine, joint, sports injuries, slipped disc, scoliosis, or trigger points. We have provided a link to this research’s abstract for your review.
Activator, Gonstead, or Diversified, Which Is Better and Why?
Activator and diversified techniques are among the most widely researched modern chiropractic treatment options. Indeed, the activator is one of the only instrument-based adjusting techniques with clinical trials backing it up. Learning how to use an activator, Gonstead, or diversified techniques can take some time. There aren’t many chiropractors who are trained well in these methods. However, you will find highly proficient chiropractors at Chiropractic Specialty Center®. Contact us today to experience excellence in chiropractic.
People who have scoliosis or acute disc herniations turn to the activator method because it offers a better targeting level without irritating the soft tissues than the Gonstead or Diversified techniques. In summary, the activator provides controlled manipulation with less aggravation and faster recovery from many spine issues.
Activator Methods Is A Research-Backed Chiropractic Treatment
There have been 23 clinical trials into activator methods’ effectiveness to date. Chiropractors who are interested in research-backed, evidence-based treatments endorse Activator techniques as they take the basic spine-centric approach of chiropractic treatments in addition to the idea of modern research and technology.
The hands-on method is the traditional method of chiropractic adjustments. While the hands-on therapy system has been around for over 130-years, it is not as precise as those provided by the ACM. Manual thrusts are useful for ‘audible’ treatments. ACM methods of the spine and joint manipulations are better for sports injuries, scoliosis, or slipped discs.
Studies conducted so far have been found that the ACM either produces similar or superior to the manual manipulations. Both types of intervention produce positive results in the long term when reducing pain. Acute disc herniations achieve better outcomes in reducing local and referred pain.
The ACM method aims to get patients better without aggravating adjacent soft tissues. It allows the chiropractor to provide the patient with a controlled amount of force at a precise angle. To conclude, if you are looking for the most clinically researched corrective chiropractic methods of care, Activator treatment should be on the top of your list.