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Activator Technique FAQs

The Activator Technique of chiropractic adjustment is the most popular method next to the Diversified Technique.  More than 50 percent of all chiropractors use the Activator Method.  Our chiropractor has compiled a list of the most common questions on the chiropractic adjusting device.

What is the Activator?

The Activator Adjusting Instrument is a hand-held, spring loaded device that delivers fast, precise adjustments in order to restore range of motion to the vertebrae and extremity joints.

Is the Activator FDA approved?

The Activator is FDA approved.  Prior to its approval, the theory and function of the device was researched for more than 30 years.  It was then tested on numerous individuals with back and neck pain for 15 years.  It was found to be safe and effective for performing chiropractic adjustments.  The device is even safe to use on individuals that have degenerative joint disease.

How does the Activator Method work?

When you arrive for your appointment, our chiropractor will evaluate your symptoms, perform a physical examination and determine which of your vertebrae or extremity joints need to be adjusted.  The Activator will be placed against your skin in the location where the adjustment is to be performed.  Then, our chiropractor will trigger the Activator.  The spring loaded device will deliver a force to the location that will push the vertebrae or joint back into its proper position.  This restores movement and reduces inflammation and pain.

Why should I choose the Activator over traditional spinal manipulation?

Traditional spinal manipulation is performed with our chiropractor’s hands.  During the adjustment, a quick, firm thrust will be used to realign the joint.  While this is perfectly safe, the adjusted area is much larger with a traditional adjustment than with an Activator adjustment.  The Activator delivers a direct and precise adjustment that does not require any twisting or pulling.  Individuals typically find the activator method less physically and mentally stressful because there are not as many pops or cracks associated with the adjustment, and the speed of the device means that the muscles do not have time to tense against the force.

Are there any side effects associated with the Activator method?

There are no side-effects associated with the Activator method of chiropractic adjustment.  In fact, it is gentler than the traditional hands-on method of manipulation because there is no extra movement of the joint.  The only area that moves is the area that is being adjusted.  Most people find the Activator Method of chiropractic adjustment more comfortable than traditional adjustments.

How do I schedule an appointment at your Santa Barbara chiropractic office?

You can schedule an appointment at our Santa Barbara chiropractic office by calling 805-681-7322.  We are located at 5350 Hollister Avenue, Suite A 3.  We are available for appointments and walk-ins from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  If you need a Saturday appointment, simply call and ask for an appointment time.