What is an Activator?

The Activator is a small handheld, spring-loaded adjusting instrument which delivers a controlled and reproducible impulse toa joint. It is used as an alternative to traditional spinal or peripheral manipulation. The Activator Is classed as a gentler, lower-force technique commonly utilised in the paediatric and geriatric populations where there may be bone fragility evident.

What does the Activator aim to achieve?

The aim of the Activator is to produce enough force to create movement at a joint segment, but not enough to cause injury.

Which conditions can benefit from the Activator?

  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Peripheral joint dysfunction
  • Rib dysfunction
  • Jaw dysfunction

If your treating practitioner believes that the Activator is a suitable technique for you then it will typically be utilised with a combination of other techniques like mobilisations, soft tissue therapy, stretches and exercises to optimise your recovery. If your preference is to be adjusted solely with the Activator, please make your practitioner aware.