Activator adjustments for back and neck pain, headaches and shoulder pain


One way a chiropractor can mobilize the spine to is by using a hand-held instrument called an Activator. The Activator Method is used to reduce many types of pain related to the spine and extremities; back and neck pain, headache, shoulder, and hip pain all respond to the Activator Method technique. Chronic and acute pain treatment is available.

Chiropractors trained in the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique have an additional way to adjust vertebral units in need of care and provides an alternative to Diversified technique which emphasizes the use of the traditional high-velocity low amplitude thrust. Some patients prefer the Activator Technique spinal adjustment because it doesn’t involve body twisting, it appears precise, and the only sound created is that of the instrument itself.

The Activator instrument is a small hand-held device with a padded tip that delivers a quick, low-force, focused thrust to specific vertebral units and other joints. The impact is so fast that the muscles and ligaments do not have time to build resistance to it, which reduces pain and increases the effectiveness of the technique over slower, more forceful methods. 

Patient evaluation precedes any treatment in the chiropractic office. If you are a new patient, expect to complete primary intake forms and undergo a thorough history and physical examination just like you would for any care provider including posture evaluation, neurological exam, spine palpation, and any other items. An analysis is vital to identify subluxated vertebral units in need of care.

Chiropractic physicians are trained to identify the subluxation and treat it as part of a holistic program of wellness and health support without drugs or surgery. People experience subluxations all the time from situations frequently beyond their control. A subluxation occurs when vertebrae injury occurs from injury, poor posture, or overuse. It means a small dislocation, but a subluxation of a vertebral unit can have enormous ramifications for several important reasons. The spine supports our posture and functions as an attachment for all the back muscles and ligaments. Ribs surrounding our lungs attach to the thoracic vertebrae; every time we breathe movement occurs there. Importantly, spinal nerves exit the spine from small spaces called intervertebral foramen to deliver their life-giving energy and instruction to every muscle, ligament, joint, and organ of the body. Spinal subluxation impairs health on many levels- the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique can be used to identify affected vertebral units quickly; application of the Activator Adjusting Tool safely and effectively corrects subluxated areas, reducing pain and improving overall body function and integrity.

A chiropractor or neck pain doctor in Chapel Hill, NC can provide chiropractic adjustments using the activator technique as well as the diversified hands-on method, as well as use acupuncture if you would like that as well.  



Thanks to Acupractic Natural Healing Center and Acupuncture at Eastowne for their insight into chiropractic care for healing pains.