The activator method used in spinal adjustment can be described as follows: It is a hand-held, spring-loaded instrument that provides low force-impulses to targeted areas. The instrument releases rapid pulses that the muscles aren't able to tense. Thus the muscles cannot resist the treatment. The force applied is usually localized, which means that it does not add any additional torque to the joints.
During this method, a chiropractor provides a sudden thrust to a
patient's spinal or pelvic area. As the doctor makes the thrust, the
area of the patient's body being worked on is simultaneously dropped
by the table. This technique allows for thorough and less
discomforting spinal manipulations.
To further clarify, the table has various sections that are raised between 1 to 2 inches relative to the rest of the patient’s body. Once the section of the table is lifted, it is fastened in place and the stiffness of the table is altered based on the patient’s body weight. When the chiropractor applies a gentle thrust to the area needing adjustment, the table releases and drops down, causing that segment of the body to fall too. The drop table comes to a rest, but the patient’s body momentum continues for a short period. This momentum is equally as critical to the drop table technique as the thrust and dropping of the table are, because it aids in alignment.
The Diversified technique involves your chiropractor manually
placing pressure through the affected vertebral segment in order to
restore proper movement. This technique is a safe and effective way
of relieving stiffness and pain.
As the name suggests, the diversified technique involves a range of chiropractic adjustments, all of which are used to correct affected vertebral segments. Diversified adjustments involve the delivery a quick and short thrust to the restricted joints, either by hand or with the assistance of a table or block. A type of high-velocity, low-amplitude adjustment, this technique is delivered at a precise angle, depth, direction and speed, which is determined through years of practice, experience, education, and diagnostic expertise.