Chiropractic treatment has been widely known as the cure for all musculoskeletal disorders. Another good point about chiropractic is that it also promotes self healing which makes patients feel healthier, more refreshed, and more energized. As we know, the most common procedure used by chiropractors is hands-on spinal manipulation. In this case, the chiropractors use their hands to apply pressure on certain affected joints or muscles. However, it is also common that chiropractors use other devices such as ultrasound, heat, and cold. Another device that chiropractors also commonly use is the activator.
Activator chiropractic device is a device that is developed by Activator Methods International. This device has been the alternative to the spinal manipulation that most-frequently chosen by many chiropractors. The device is termed as the instrument of mechanical force manual assisted (MFMA). Using this device is thought to be a softer chiropractic treatment technique. There are many types of activator devices available. However, most of the devices are small-handed spring-loaded instruments which functions to deliver a small impulse to the spine.
Chiropractor activator is believed to give no more than 0.3 J of kinetic energy in a 3-millisecond pulse. The main focus of this device is to give enough force to the spine which is not too hard which can cause injury. With the use of this device, chiropractor can give standardized kind of force, which is relatively safer for the patients. The method of using this activator has been taught in many schools in US and other countries. And approximately, there are 45,000 chiropractors in the world that has used the activator method.
Some studies report that the use of chiropractic activator is as effective as manual adjustment in treating back pain. To master the tools, it requires some training provided by the team. So, if anyone of you want to try the chiropractic activator, it is better to make sure that you find the trained chiropractor who really knows how to use the device. Since the training has been there since 1967, it is actually not a really hard thing to do to find a trained activator chiropractor.
Using either the manual adjustment or the activator device, chiropractic care is still the best option when it comes to musculoskeletal disorders. At the end, it will be you to decide which one of the methods above that you prefer. Some of your health conditions may also influence the way you choose. So, don’t forget to consult your health care providers anytime.