At the time of this article, approximately 50,000 chiropractors report using the Activator Adjusting Instrument in practice in the United States.
Often chiropractors will use a range of 8 to 10 different manipulation techniques in their practice. Selection of which technique to use will be based on some combination of the patient's condition, patient preference, and the chiropractor's preference and experience.
The Activator is typically one of a number of techniques a chiropractor may use; chiropractic practices that only use the Activator (or any single technique) are not the norm.
The Activator Adjusting Instrument is approved in the United States for use by any licensed health care professional. Most commonly, chiropractors use the Activator.
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The Activator Method Basic Proficiency course is taught at most chiropractic colleges in the United States as an elective course.
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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.
Both the Basic and Advanced Proficiency courses are taught at scheduled seminars throughout the world.
Approximately 2,000 chiropractors are reported as maintaining their proficiency by attending annual seminars that provide new material and data.
Chiropractors may use the Activator adjusting instrument as an alternative to traditional manual treatment within their practice with or without any level of training.