All You Need to Know About the Activator Method of Chiropractic Treatment
The “Activator Chiropractic Methods or ACM is the best means of chiropractic treatments. An “Activator” is a hand-held chiropractic instrument used in treatments of 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. It is an-assisted chiropractic treatment method 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, as well as the U.S. National Institute of Chiropractic Research, endorses it. They have been strong supporters of Activator treatment.
What Conditions Respond Well to the ACM?
The ACM (Activator Chiropractic Method) is the most versatile chiropractic technique. ACM enables a Doctor of Chiropractic to treat the spine, joint and sports injuries with an exceptional level of efficacy. In our center, we use ACM in treatments of 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, and neck pain can be a cause for significant discomfort. Our Doctors of Chiropractic take the time to analyse 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 reason why the method is called the “Activator.”
What are the advantages of ACM Chiropractic Treatments?
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 best methods of chiropractic treatment. It is an excellent treatment tool that can help with various stages of repair, recovery, and relief. Our chiropractors, as well as 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 notoriety of the Activator instrument 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 the chiropractic adjustment.
Activating the Spine or Joints through ACM Speed Healing and Recovery Better
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 malfunctional tissues (muscles, ligaments, spinal discs, and joints). Once your assessment is complete, and a diagnosis is rendered, treatments may begin. In our centers, we provide chiropractic, targeted physiotherapy and focused rehabilitation.
The combined clinical efforts of our chiropractors and physiotherapists 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. The procedures used by ACM delivers 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.
The primary focus of any treatment option is to consider the risk profile.
When you decide on any type of 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.
The 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 or Protruded Disc)?
Herniated, protruded, prolapsed, and extruded spinal discs better are 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 a variety of 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 joints function. The best and most researched systems of care 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 the use of an Activator to be of greater benefits over side-posture manipulative techniques that others use. They further related that treatment of a 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 are zero torsional stress imposed upon the disc during instrumental spinal adjustment (chiropractic treatment via an Activator.
Can you Activate the Muscles and 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 malfunctional disc as mentioned in the case study above, and even contribute to reducing trigger point and myofascial release. Dr. Blikstad and Dr. Gemmell published research in which 45 subjects between the ages of 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 was seven times more effective compared to the group obtaining manual trigger point therapy or the ultrasound (control group).
This eye-opening research is yet more proof 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 the abstract of this research here for your review.
Activator, Gonstead or Diversified, Which is Better and Why?
Activator and diversified techniques are one of the most widely researched options in modern chiropractic treatments, and indeed the activator is one of the only instrument based adjusting techniques that have clinical trials backing it up. Learning how to use activator, Gonstead or diversified techniques can take some time. There aren’t a lot of chiropractors who are trained well in these methods. If you can find one a proficient chiropractor, like you will at Chiropractic Specialty Center®, the care you get can be hugely beneficial.
People who have scoliosis or acute disc herniations are turning to the activator method because it offers a better level of targeting without irritating the soft tissues when compared to the Gonstead or Diversified techniques. In summary, the activator provides controlled manipulation with less aggravation, and faster recovery from many spine issues.
ACM is a Research-Backed Chiropractic Treatment
To date, there have been 23 clinical trials into the effectiveness of activator methods. 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 system of therapy 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 is better for sports injuries, scoliosis or slipped discs.
Studies conducted so far has 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 it comes to reducing pain. Acute disc herniations achieve better outcomes in reducing local and referred pain.
The goal with the ACM method is 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.