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Perhaps no other technique has been the focus of as much overwhelming scrutiny and controversy as the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique (AMCT). Until recently, the main question of whether a specific treatment is effective for a particular patient with a given condition has been neglected. However, developments in health care reform have put the process of technology assessment and dissemination on the fast track. This chapter serves  as a follow-up to an appraisal published in 1990. It reviews recent research efforts of Activator Methods, Inc. (AMI) and speculates about the future of what has become know as mechanical force manually-assisted (MFMA) chiropractic adjusting procedures.

Reference: Osterbauer PJ, Fuhr AW, Keller TS. Description and Analysis of Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique. In: Lawrence DJ, Cassidy JD, McGregor M, Meeker WC, and Vernon HT (Eds.): Advances in Chiropractic. Volume 2. St. Louis: Mosby, 1995, pp. 471-520.