Activator Technique & Instrument Assisted Adjusting

Instrument Assisted chiropractic adjustments involve the use of a small, hand-held instrument to deliver a gentle impulse force to the spine with the goal of restoring normal motion to the targeted joint of spinal vertebra. Proper use of the instrument also helps decrease inflammation and pain, decrease muscle tightness and improve proprioception to the joint.

It is a gentler alternative to the traditional manual form of spinal manipulation, and is a great option for children, the elderly and for anyone who may not be a good candidate for traditional chiropractic adjustments.

Next to the Diversified technique, the Activator Adjusting Instrument is reported to be the most common therapeutic intervention used by chiropractors. At NuVista Chiropractic and Wellness, we utilize a variety of instrument assisted adjustments, including the Activator adjusting tool, the Impulse Adjusting Instrument, Torque Release techniques, and other Drop Table techniques.

Chiropractic adjusting tools are spring loaded, hand-held instruments that provide a very quick, low-force impulse to a joint in a very specific direction. The device is very quick, and the amount of force is adjustable, depending on the type and size of the joint it is being applied to. This type of adjustment is quite gentle, and does not produce any “popping or cracking” sounds. Instrument assisted adjustments are a great alternative for those who have a tough time relaxing for a traditional adjustment, or for anyone in acute pain or with substantially decreased range of motion.

After taking a full health history and performing a thorough evaluation, your Chiropractor will discuss the best options for your care, and whether Instrument- Assisted Chiropractic adjusting is a good option for you!