Activator & Impulse Instrument

The activator is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument that produces a thrust by the mechanical triggering of the practitioners hand. The Impulse gun is another hand-held instrument that produces a more rapid-fire thrust with the use of an electrically charged coil, kind of like a small, electric jack-hammer.


These act as tools that the chiropractor may use to deliver low force, but quick thrusts, to specific points along the spine. Research suggests that this type of adjustment affects the nervous system in profound ways. As it stimulates pressure and position receptors on vertebrae joints so help to reset normal posture.

Instrument assisted adjustments are commonly selected for children, the elderly, and any patient who presents with contraindications to other, more forceful types of treatment.

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique involves analyzing the length of the legs, and determining whether a pelvic deficiency is present. Since each person stands and holds their hips in a different way the result can be excessive pressure on one side; over time a difference in leg length may contribute to pain in the hips and leg joints. The Activator Methods technique aims to restore the body by correcting vertebral and pelvic misalignments using an Activator mallet to push and set the joints back into the correct position.

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