The activator method is a method of chiropractic adjustment that utilizes an instrument to apply the adjustment. The small handheld device is categorized as a mechanical force manual assisted (MFMA) instrument which is generally regarded as a softer chiropractic treatment technique. The aim is to produce enough force to move the vertebrae but not enough to cause injury. This technique is useful for individuals who have fusions of the spine, advanced degeneration, severe osteoporosis, or even muscle spasm that makes manual chiropractic adjustments difficult to perform. There is much research vouching for the efficacy of these adjustments delivered by the handheld Activator tool. 

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