Activator Technique

If you’re suffering from musculoskeletal pain or chronic health conditions, Dr. Patrick Dobbins at Dobbins Chiropractic – serving Ave Maria, Immokalee, and Naples, FL – offers the Activator Technique and other effective and natural methods of treatment.

Guide to the Activator Technique in Chiropractic Care

Some people have a mental image of chiropractors twisting bodies and using forceful techniques to “crack the back.” While it’s true that some twisting techniques are employed and adjustments are sometimes provided through hands-on thrusts, chiropractic care isn’t as scary as it might seem.

However, if the idea of those types of techniques is keeping you from receiving chiropractic care, it’s important to know that there are gentle methods used as well, such as the Activator Technique. Below, Dr. Dobbins at Dobbins Chiropractic of Ave Maria, Immokalee, and Naples, FL explains this technique, its uses, and its benefits.

What Is This Activator Technique?

This technique – also referred to as the Activator Method – is a type of adjustment that uses a handheld device. This device is called the Activator Adjusting Instrument. It’s spring-loaded and provides the same force that a chiropractor provides via their hands. However, this device provides the force without twisting or turning.

Why Use This Technique?

There are three main benefits of the Activator Method. The first is that it allows people who are uncomfortable with twisting and hands-on adjustments to receive a more gentle form of treatment. As there is no need to avoid it due to comfort level, more people can experience the benefits of chiropractic care.

Another benefit is that the instrument can better target the troubled area. The precision it provides means more optimal healing.

Lastly, patients tend to tense up when they feel the chiropractor’s hands on the treatment site. This tension creates an impediment to the effectiveness of hands-on adjustments. With the Activator Method, the thrusts are applied quickly, making it much less likely that the patient will tense up.

Conditions and Symptoms the Activator Method Can Treat

Chiropractors utilize the Activator Method in treatment plans for many different things. However, some of the most common include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • TMD
  • Headaches

After your examination and assessment, your chiropractor will determine if this technique will be beneficial for your needs.

Learn more about the Activator Technique through a visit with Dr. Dobbins of Dobbins Chiropractic. If you live in Ave Maria, Immokalee, or Naples, FL, call (510) 747-8707 to schedule a house call today.

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