As chiropractic students, you are introduced to a number of different adjusting techniques. What sets Activator apart from the rest is its highly effective, precise, and low force method of manipulation that meets the needs of virtually every patient.

The force that the Activator adjusting instrument produces is safe for patients of all ages. For patients with acute trauma, osteoporosis, or fear of manual adjusting techniques, the Activator method is the ideal chiropractic technique. The Activator method does not use rotational force, thereby limiting risk, and does not take the body beyond its natural limits of range of motion.

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The protocol uses a diagnostic evaluation procedure based on evaluating leg length inequalities and isolation testing to accurately assess when, where, and when not to adjust. For sensitive adjustments, such as temporal mandibular joint dysfunction, atlas, cranials, and carpal tunnel, this technique provides a level of precision and efficacy that is near impossible to attain with manual adjusting techniques.

The Activator instruments have perfectly reproducible thrust settings, eliminating variations in force output, which is unattainable through manual methods. The instrument can be set to a specific line of drive, which is also a challenge when adjusting manually. The use of the Activator instruments by practitioners minimizes wear and tear on their bodies which is unavoidable with other adjusting techniques. Because of this, Activator doctors can practice pain free and enjoy a long career.


The Activator Method is one of the most widely researched chiropractic techniques. With over 150 peer-reviewed academic journal articles supporting its safety and effectiveness, it is the gold standard of instrument adjusting techniques. It is the only instrument adjusting technique with clinical trials to support its efficacy.

For the last 50 years, the Activator Method has stood the test of time as the pioneering instrument adjusting technique of choice for students and doctors alike who are trying to select techniques to use in practice.