Chiropractors have many different techniques at their disposal. At Dr. Lynelle McSweeney’s practice here in Reno, she prefers a holistic, multi-technique approach to treat her patients. One of those techniques uses the activator, a hand-held instrument that was designed for specific, targeted, low-force adjustments. Here’s what makes the activator technique so beneficial and versatile for chiropractic care.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ACTIVATOR
The activator was developed in the late 1960s as a way to improve safety and comfort for patients of chiropractic. In the decades since, it’s become the most widely-used low-force chiropractic technique in the world, and it’s suitable for people with a range of health problems.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Dr. McSweeney uses the activator to deliver a light, quick, and controlled thrust to targeted points as a means of addressing spinal joint dysfunction. The movement is so targeted and fast that the body’s muscles are far less likely to resist, which allows for a more precise adjustment to the spine or extremities.
The activator is hundreds of times faster than the body’s reaction time. Chiropractic adjustments can put the nervous system on alert, prompting corresponding muscle reactions. With an activator, there is no nervous system response. Instead, pressure is applied appropriately without creative an automatic protective response from the body. That’s a big benefit.
The activator tool also makes it easy to control both the direction and the force used, which is some 60% less than other methods, while still effectively treating joints and ligaments. It’s something you’ll appreciate during treatment – and after.
Dr. McSweeney reaches for the activator to treat patients with a range of conditions. It’s a simple way to combine speed, precision, and a gentle touch to her treatments, all while ensuring her patients’ safety and comfort. If this is a form of chiropractic care that you’re interested in experiencing, schedule a visit today.