Activator Methods

Dr. Doug is Advanced Proficiency rated in the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique. He uses a device called an Activator to correct subluxations of the spine (and extremities). It is a unique hand-held tool scientifically designed to provide a very specific, “low-force” adjustment. 

The Activator instrument delivers a controlled, light, and quick mechanical push without causing undue strain to patients. In fact, the adjustments are so quick that your muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and gentle adjustment. This makes it an ideal way to adjust everyone from newborns to seniors, and couch potatoes to elite athletes.


Thermography & Surface Electromyography

Spinal subluxations occur when the vertebrae stop moving properly or become misaligned and effect the function of the nerve system. As a reflexive response to this stress the nearby blood vessels and muscles are impacted. The blood vessels constrict and actually alter the skin temperature as indicated in the Thermography picture below. 








The difference in blood flow creates differences in skin temperature as displayed by the colored bars.  The further the bar extends, the greater the amount of spinal dysfunction. The graph on the left shows a person prior to start of chiropractic care, and the one on the right shows their progress at a re-examination.

When muscles contract, as they do when the spine is subluxated, they use electricity generated from the spinal cord and brain.  The Surface Electromoyography (sEMG) scan demonstrates the tone of the muscles that lie parallel to the spine.   More electricity means muscle spasms and a spine that is not moving optimally.  This can be seen in the picture below.

It is our goal at ChiroWorks to provide you with the best care possible.  That is why we use the latest technoogy to evaluate and monitor your progress.