Chiropractic care is designed to assist the body in healing itself. The traditional form involves the manual manipulation of the spine or other joints. The first time someone receives this type of treatment can be scary, especially when hearing the loud “popping” or “cracking” sounds. However, there is another type of chiropractic treatment that is much gentler and does the job just as effectively. It is called the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique® or AMCT for short.
While chiropractic care was developed in the 1890’s by Dr. D.D. Palmer, the Activator Method was instituted in 1967 by Dr. Arlan Fuhr. He co-invented this system as well as the instrument used to perform the treatment with Dr. Warren Lee. Today this chiropractic method is the second most widely used technique in the field.
When bones get out of alignment they can press on nerves and cause pain and muscle irritation. For anyone suffering from aches in the low back, neck, knee or shoulder, this alternative to oral medications provides a welcome respite. Depending on the injury or misalignment, multiple adjustments may be required over time to help the body maintain structural health.
During a typical appointment, the chiropractic doctor uses a variety of tests to determine which areas of the body need adjustment. By lying face down on a table, the patient’s feet are extended over the edge to assist the doctor with leg alignment. The patient is then instructed to move his/her arms and head into various positions. With each change in body posture, the alignment of the legs may shift and will show the doctor which bones are misaligned.
Once the doctor clarifies where the adjustment needs to be made, he/she will use a hand-held tool called the Activator® Adjusting Instrument. It is a small, plunger-like device that can be positioned directly against a vertebra or bone. By simply pressing down on the spring loaded tool, a pinpoint correction is made. The patient hears no loud sounds and remains completely comfortable during the procedure.
Before making a decision to seek chiropractic care, be sure to consult a primary care physician to determine if the treatment will help. Furthermore, a patient should review his/her medical plan coverage to see if it includes chiropractic care. Many plans have restrictions on the number of visits it will cover. They may also require one to select a doctor included in the program. Please note that if there is no insurance coverage for this type of treatment, then costs will have to come out of pocket. In either case, be sure to select a doctor with an advance proficiency rating.
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Sources: www.activator.com, www.wikipedia.org