I've never liked the chiropractors who use that tool that they just 'click' along your spine (I don't know what it's called). They tell me it does the alignment without the physical 'crunching' and gas-releasing adjusting. I've never had any relief from the docs that use that, and I refuse to have that done anymore. Is that for real, or just another placebo effect? I always thought it was BS. You can PM me with the answer if you like.
Like every other Chiropractic technique, some people like it and some people don't.
People who tend to like this instrument are usually the ones who hate the getting their back and neck "cracked."
Does it actually do anything? Well, yes... it does stimulate mechanoreceptors and muscle spindles in the small spinal muscles. It certainly doesn't "move" a spinal joint the way a hands-on adjustment does. I took the Activator training at Chiro school, and found that I got much better results with the hands-on techniques I still use today.
In my personal experience and observations, most of the Chiros that use this instrument do so because they could never get proficient at hands-on palpation and adjusting. At Palmer, the students I saw who had great hands (the former massage therapists shined in this regard) never bothered with Activator and other instruments.
Quality adjusting is a very difficult, complex skill that requires years of dedicated training and practice to develop the necessary coordination and sensory acuity in the hands and fingertips. Not every Chiropractor will be able to do it well, and so they will tend to rely on other things to compensate... instruments, lasers, electro-stim, heat packs, decompression tables, ultrasound, pushing products, etc... none of which gets the same results as a proper Chiropractic adjustment.
|I'm seeing a new guy today. The chiro in Spokane looked in his book and found a few in town who went to the same school as he (Palmer), and at least they'll have the same training in common. I'll try him on for size.|
IMO, you'll have a much better chance of finding a good Chiro if he/she is a graduate of Palmer. They have the best technique program in the world.
It's funny... every time I hear of someone finding a great Chiro, or one that is so much better than the others they have tried, it's a Palmer graduate.
Thanks for the updates, Bonni. Keep us (at least, me) posted!