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Activator Technique

What Is the Activator Technique?

The Activator Technique of chiropractic utilizes an Activator adjusting instrument to treat back and neck pain, problems in the extremities and many other health problems. The Activator is a handheld, spring-loaded instrument that delivers a very precise thrust to an exact location.

The thrust is created by a small, fast movement of the rubberized head of the instrument. This movement allows a chiropractor to precisely control the force that is applied to the spine, shoulders, knees, elbows or other joints.

Older Activators are manual; newer Activators are powered by electricity. Both are effective methods of treatment.

Why the Activator?

The Activator Technique offers many benefits for the patient:

  1. The Activator is a low-force method of providing a chiropractic adjustment. For babies, seniors and those highly sensitive to pressure or touch, this method can provide a more comfortable adjustment.
  2. If a patient often tenses up while being adjusted, an adjustment with the Activator may be more successful than a traditional chiropractic adjustment. The speed of the Activator head can allow joint movement to take place before the muscles tense up.
  3. There is no need for twisting or turning the body or neck which appeals to some patients, particularly those with osteoporosis or who are pregnant.
  4. The gentle force of the Activator can be applied to a very small area, such as a single vertebra, while most chiropractic techniques are applied to multiple vertebrae or a larger area all at once. Wrists, individual ribs, the shoulder blades and even the bones of the skull can be gently shifted to permit the improved flow of nerve messages or fluids.
  5. The Activator is effective when used to treat the spine, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), neurological disorders, or inflammation, stiffness and pain in any of the extremities.

The Activator Technique is widely-taught and widely-researched. Not every chiropractor is trained in its use. Chiropractors who use this technique extensively have usually completed additional training in its correct use.

Is the Activator Technique the Right Chiropractic Treatment for You?

If you have questions about the Activator instrument, please talk to us. If you are familiar with chiropractic, the Activator instrument could provide you with the most comfortable adjustment you have ever received.

If you are new to this field of healing, you may enjoy the improvement in nerve flow, healing fluid flow and well-being that can be sensed when an adjustment with this instrument is complete.

This is a gentle, low-force method of adjusting. If you are already in pain or experiencing inflammation in your back or joints, the Activator instrument offers treatment that does not aggravate existing pain. With gentle and precise application of small but high-speed movement, normal nerve flow patterns can be restored. This means that tension can finally fade away and healing can accelerate.

The traditional Activator Adjusting Instrument or more simply, Activator, is a instrument which delivers a controlled and reproducible impulse to the spine.  

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a chiropractic treatment method and device created as an alternative to manual manipulation of the spine or extremity joints. The device is categorized as a mechanical force manual assisted (MFMA) instrument which is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique.


Activator V Chiropractic Adjusting Instrument



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Reviews By Our Satisfied Patients

  • "What others say about chiropractic care can help you make the right health care choice. Read a selection of our patients reviews below and please email me or contact the office if you have any questions.
    Yours in Health,"
    Dr. Vern Miller
  • "Chronic Pain

    Dr. Miller's personable, friendly, gentle, and great office staff helps educate me about lifestyle changes I can make to improve my wellness. I cope with chronic pain and every visit I feel better leaving than when I walked into my appointment."
    Sarah S.
  • "Auto Accident Injuries

    I first started seeing Dr. Miller back in 2004 just after being in a car accident. I had always struggled with neck issues and migraines off and on even before the accident. Dr. Miller was the first chiropractor I had seen since moving to Fort Collins and after the accident I was cautious of going to anyone. From the very first visit, I felt like I'd found a chiropractor who truly cared about my health and well being. I'd never felt so much relief from chiropractic treatment until coming to Aspen Wellness Center. I have never gone to another chiropractor since starting here in 2004. Thank you Dr. Miller for all your help!"
    Nicole P.
  • "Family Care

    We have known Dr. Miller for several years. We appreciate his attention to detail and his expertise in complete body function. He is kind, caring, and compassionate in his approach with our children to meet their needs and temperament."
    Jolena W.
  • "Great Care

    I have been a patient of Dr. Millers for over 15 years and have been extremely happy with him and his staff. He is knowledgeable, friendly, and has a knack to treat what is needed! I would recommend him to friends and family!"
    Frank D.
  • "Comprehensive Care

    We love Chiropractic care with Dr. Miller so much we bring the whole family. Dr. Miller is knowledgeable and provides comprehensive whole body care. We love the friendly, helpful staff too!"
    Robin V.
  • "Professional and Great Care

    Dr. Miller is great. He has done wonders on my back or whatever I need done. His professionalism and caring manner towards his patients is next to none. I would not go to any other doctor but him. Thanks Dr. Miller for what you do."
    E.C. Varner
  • "Dr. Miller Listens and Cares About His Patients

    Dr. Miller is great! He is friendly, kind, and very knowledgeable. He listens to all concerns and addresses everything. He definitely cares about the full body and health of all body systems, not just the skeletal/muscular. Dr. Miller does not make unnecessary appointments, he schedules them for a time that is just right for the wear and tear of the body. He is flexible and helpful for last minute or emergency visits/treatments."
    Mallory H.
  • "Herniated Disc

    I've been seeing Dr. Miller since 2010 for a herniated disc at L5-S1 that diagnosed in 2002. He helped me avoid back surgery for years and when I injured myself and herniated L4-L5, he changed tactics and worked hard to help relieve my sciatic pain. Surgery was inevitable but continuing my treatments with Dr. Miller post-op, I have recovered 100% and am now completely pain free. Dr. Miller tailors his treatments specifically to your needs and pays close attentions to your symptoms, making sure not to do anything that would aggravate your condition. Dr. Miller has been a life saver and has helped me regain and maintain my mobility multiple times over the year when I have flare ups or re-injure myself."
    Ashley B.
  • "Family Practice

    Dr. Miller puts the "family" in family practice! He is an excellent doctor who always leaves me better than when I arrived. Highly recommended!"
    Freddie S.
  • "Friendly Office and Great Staff

    I have been a patient of Dr. Miller's for five years. I am always greeted with friendly smiles and courteous conversation by the staff. Dr. Miller is kind, knowledgeable, and thoughtful in our sessions. I appreciate the service and hospitality as Aspen Wellness Center. The location is central and always easy to find parking. Thank you Dr. Miller!"
    Nicole S.
  • "Children's Care

    Our four year old has been seeing Dr. Miller for the last two years to address ear infections. Jack loves coming to see "Dr. Tickles" and always feels right at home in the office. Thank you Dr. Miller for all the TLC!"
    Jack O.
  • "Sciatic Pain

    I was referred to Dr. Miller by my sister. I had severe pain in my left leg. Dr. Miller was very thorough in helping me understand the causes. He is very kind and compassionate. He recommended several treatments and exercises. In just less than a week I felt better. In addition, he has a great office staff. They are friendly and make you feel welcome and comfortable."
    Judy B
  • "Gentle Care/Long Term Results

    Dr. Miller combines gentle and thorough chiropractic care with holistic health and lots of humor. Not only do I feel authentically cared for, but I also have experienced real long term results and improved quality of life."
    Rebecca
  • "Helped Me Avoid Surgery

    Dr. Miller has kept me out of my orthopedic surgeon and pain management M.D. practices for years! He is gentle, caring and skilled."
    Susan
  • "Arthritis and Degeneration

    Over more than 17 years, I've attended sessions with Dr. Vern for back adjustments, arthritis degeneration in many joints, falling injuries and general wellness/nutrition advice. I've experienced amazing pain relief and wellness by working with Dr. Vern and not using prescription drugs to affect changes in my health. Today, at 75, I take NO drugs, and am able to control considerable arthritis pain and degeneration with periodic adjustments, food supplements and Chiropractic methods; laser, muscle stimulation, adjustments and manipulation. The body itself is a great healer when allowed to do its work."
    Martha Maxwell
  • "Dr. Miller is Caring and Professional

    I was so fortunate to find Dr. Miller. He and his staff are always friendly, caring, and professional. His gentle and attentive expertise, so rare in the medical field, makes him a joy to work with. He is committed to helping you find and applying the right chiropractic approach for your needs."
  • "A Chiropractor for the Whole Family

    Our families experience with Dr. Miller has been outstanding!!! We have three children ages 16, 20 and 25 who all go on a monthly basis to stay adjusted. Shannon, the 20 year-old had a injury her junior year that began our journey into chiropractic. We have found that Dr. Miller listens to patients regardless of age. He understands commitments ie: sports, dance, music, that might be contributing to the injury and delay treatment results. He cares about the overall health of the patient and the quality of life current and future. He takes a genuine interest in his patients as people. We appreciate Dr. Miller as our Chiropractor and friend. He is the first one our family thinks of when someone comments on discomfort or an injury. His knowledge and understanding has made a big difference for all of us."
    Laurie Harrison
  • "Auto Accident

    I met Dr Miller some 20 yrs ago due to an auto accident. I had been to several Loveland and Fort Collins chiropractors, but felt very much at home when I met Dr. Vern Miller.I see Doc Miller whenever I am having lower back or neck problems, which is the case from time to time, and I am extremely happy with his treatments and his patient-doctor connection. He is the best, don't think you can find anyone better. I highly recommend Dr. Miller and the Aspen Wellness Center for any particular joint or movement issues."
    P. Huff
  • "Wellness Care

    Dr. Miller's office is a great place for wellness care! His office is professional AND personal, treating each patient with respect and care. His staff is kind and friendly and Dr. Miller offers so much in the way of treatment. I have known Dr. Miller for several years and have benefited greatly from his care through the use of spinal adjustments, acupuncture, laser, ultrasound and massage. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Miller if you are looking for chiropractic care!"
  • "I am Glad I chose Dr. Miller

    I have been utilizing chiropractic for 23 years. I have been a patient of Dr. Miller's for about 5 years. I was very apprehensive about choosing a new provider when the one I had been seeing for 18 years retired. I am very glad I chose Dr. Miller. He was very thorough at my first couple of visits, which included reviewing new x-rays before he did any adjustments. I appreciate the muscle work he does prior to adjustments as it really does help. The staff is great and always works with me when I call for an appointment."
    Jena
  • "Neck and Back Pain

    My neck and back pains have troubled me for more than a decade before I turned to Dr. Miller for chiropractic help. He not only alleviated my pains but also helped me find a healthier lifestyle to avoid such pains - and others! - in the future. My daughter also received quality care from Dr. Miller and does not have problems with her neck as before. Dr. Miller's staff is friendly and welcoming, as is Dr. Miller. I feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed in his care and look forward to my visits to his office. I heartily recommend Dr. Miller and his practice to anyone who is suffering from aches and pains and wishes to find the sources of those."
  • "I was so fortunate to find Dr. Miller. He and his staff are always friendly, caring, and professional. His gentle and attentive expertise, so rare in the medical field, makes him a joy to work with. He is committed to helping you find and applying the right chiropractic approach for your needs."