Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique


What is the Activator Methods Chiropractic technique?   

The Activator is a small hand held instrument designed for chiropractic adjusting.  Activator Methods Technique was developed in the late 1960's and has grown to be the most widely used 'low force' technique in the profession.  This highly specific method of adjusting has the ability to restore proper spinal/joint movement with incredible safety and comfort.   Activator methods is one of the most scientifically researched techniques in Chiropractic.

How does the Activator adjusting instrument work?  

The Activator instrument has been specially designed to deliver a controlled, light, and fast thrust to restricted joints in the spine or extremities (arms or legs)  The pre-measured thrust occurs so quickly, it is completed before the body has an opportunity to tighten up or resist the motion.

Adjustments are performed while patients are lying comfortably face down.  Babies and toddlers can be held by a parent.  There is never any twisting of the body or neck with this treatment.  Because of it's comfort and safety, Activator Methods adjustments are appropriate for all ages, newborn to senior citizens, pregnant women to athletes.

Who would benefit from Activator Methods treatments? 

Anyone with musculoskeletal pain would be an excellent candidate for Activator treatments.  Poor posture, prolonged sitting, falls, injuries, stress, scar tissue and repetitive movements all contribute to loss of normal joint motion, which can result in pain and/or decreased range of motion of the affected area. 

Due to the influence spinal nerves have on body function, areas distant to the involved joint can be affected as well.  Headaches, dizziness, ear infections, infant colic, carpal tunnel, plantar fascitis, tennis elbow, hip, arm or leg pain are all examples of conditions that can be successfully treated with Activator techniques.

If you have any condition not listed here, feel free to call to inquire about your specific problem.  507-356-4014.

Doctor Training 

Any doctor can purchase an Activator but not all doctors are trained to use it.  Activator Methods technique requires a specific protocol to be effective.  Yearly post-graduate training is required to maintain Activator Methods certification.  A basic level of training gives a 'proficiency' rated title to the doctor.  Advanced training results in 'Advanced proficiency' rating status.  Proficiency status of your doctor can be found at  All the doctors at Meints Chiropractic have achieved Advanced proficiency ratings.