Activator and Instrument Based Adjusting

Our activator/instrument assisted adjustment is an excellent alternative for patients who are not able to be adjusted via conventional chiropractic adjustments. The activator or instrument-assisted adjustor is a small tool that is used during an adjustment as a more indirect means of providing chiropractic treatment. This special instrument gently administers small pulses of pressure, designed to shift the misaligned vertebrae back into its normal position, thereby increasing the level of mobility and comfort in the neck and spine. The small, hand-held instrument used in activator or instrument assisted adjustments is spring-loaded, allowing it to apply the quick exertions of pressure necessary to encourage healing in the spine.

Part of this method’s great efficiency is its quickness. Because it works so fast, there is little time for the spine to tense up in response, which would otherwise make adjustment more difficult. The activator method is used on specific parts of the spine in order to increase your daily comfort and prevent future complications. The hand-held instrument makes it even easier for specific problem areas to be focused on quickly and effectively. Activator adjustments can be used as a treatment method for a whole host of common issues, including back pain, neck pain, and even headaches. It is one of the most highly utilized treatments today, and many patients have seen significant relief as a result. Some patients prefer this method compared to the traditional adjustment method.

Activator and Instrument-Based Adjusting: A Gentle Approach to Chiropractic Care

The Activator and Instrument-based Adjusting Method is a distinctive chiropractic technique that offers a gentler alternative to traditional spinal adjustments characterized by precision and involves various steps that focus on using this instrument for spinal adjustments.

Here’s what you can expect from this method:


The procedure starts with the patient lying face down on the adjustment table, and the chiropractor starts from the lower back, going up toward the head, working on each vertebral segment individually.

Activator Instrument

The chiropractor will use the device directly on the tissue or near the affected joint to deliver an initial pressure, which is followed by a quick, controlled thrust, just like when testing a knee reflex. The entire process is quite gentle and doesn’t need any twisting or turning, unlike the traditional high-velocity adjustments.

Post-Adjustment Evaluation

After the chiropractor completes the activator instrument-based adjustment, they will re-examine you to determine the improvement in your symptoms.

Treatment Plan

Usually, the chiropractor will recommend 1 to 2 treatments for you per week over an initial period of 4 to 6 weeks. But that’s not always the case, as the treatments are tailored to each individual’s case and the improvement they see.


If you don’t feel any pain relief after 3 to 4 treatments, your chiropractor will stop the treatment, reassess your situation, and suggest an alternate type of manipulation, or they could refer you to another specialist.
Like any field, the chiropractic field is also evolving with time, and the activator instrument-based adjusting method is a testament to that evolution. It offers precise and gentle treatments that are effective for your spine’s health. This method is especially beneficial for patients who prefer less forceful methods to spinal adjustments as compared to the traditional methods.
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