The Activator Method


  • Arlan Fuhr, DC, President, National Institute of Chiropractic Research; Senior Member, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine; Co-Founder and CEO, Activator Methods, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA

From basic scan protocols to advanced assessment procedures, THE ACTIVATOR METHOD, 2nd Edition discusses the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) in an easy-to-understand, how-to approach. This updated 2nd edition covers all aspects of the controlled low-force analytical and adjusting system, from the history of the technique to in-depth examinations of body structures. It also features expanded content on supportive subjects from seven new contributors, discussing topics such as activator and instrument adjusting history, instrument reliability in the literature, the neurology of pain and inflammation, temporal mandibular disorders, and leg length reactivity.
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Book information

  • Published: January 2008
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-04852-1

Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction to the Activator Method

1. History of a Technique System

2. Chiropractic Science: Toward Understanding Spinal Manipulation

3. Variability of Force Magnitude and Force Duration in Manual and Instrument-Based Manipulation Techniques

4. Pain Mechanisms and Control

Section II: Clinical Observations and Advanced Assessment Procedures

5. Leg Length Reactivity

6. The Activator Method Analytical Technique

Section III: Instrumentation

7. The Activator Method Basic Scan Protocol

8. Additional Tests for the Sacrum, Pelvis, and Related Structures

9. Additional Tests for the Hip and Related Structures

10. Additional Lumbar Tests and Adjustments

11. Additional Tests and Adjustments for the Thoracic Vertebrae and Ribs

12. Additional Tests and Adjustments for the Cervical Spine

13. The Temporomandibular Joint

14. Additional Tests and Adjustments for the Knee and Related Structures

15. Additional Tests and Adjustments for the Foot and Ankle

16. Additional Tests and Adjustments for the Shoulder and Related Structures

17. Additional Tests and Adjustments for the Elbow, Wrist, and Hand

Appendix: Activator Quick Notes for Basic and Advanced Protocols