Last week we took a high-level look at the Activator Method and what makes it so effective. This week we’re going to explore the history of the treatment and the additional training required to use it.
The Activator Method was developed in 1967 by Dr. Arlan Fuhr as a method of biomechanical analysis and adjusting. Three short years later, the first functional prototype of the current Activator Instrument, a dental surgical impact mallet used to split impacted wisdom teeth, was reengineered and tested successfully on patients for the first time.
You can read an interesting, in-depth interview with Dr. Fuhr here.
Now we know a little bit about the history of the Activator Adjusting Instrument, so what does a chiropractor need to do to be able to effectively use one?
Turns out, a lot.
In addition to traditional chiropractic education, which includes both an undergraduate and graduate degree, highly specialized and in-depth classes and seminars are necessary for chiropractors to properly learn the Activator Method.
There are two levels of training certification:
Basic Proficiency: Requires successful completion of a written and practical exam at the college level or 12 hours of post-graduate training, followed by a written and practical exam. This track introduces the basic body scan protocol, including leg length analysis.
Advanced Proficiency: Requires successful completion of a written and practical exam at the college level or 24 hours of post-graduate training, followed by a written and practical exam. This track provides hand-on training on how to adjust patients using the Activator instrument.
At Case Chiropractic, we think the Activator Method is a very safe, effective treatment for back pain and a variety of other ailments, and we would be glad to talk to you further about the tools we use and our methods of treatment.