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How Non-Forced Chiropractic Care Helps with Back Pain

Published May 21, 2021
| Written By SpineNation Contributor   | Medically Reviewed by Allen Conrad, BS,DC,CSCS
After being stuck at home for over a year, many Americans are struggling with debilitating back pain and are seeking chiropractic care for relief.
 However, if you have never seen a chiropractor before, the fear of the unknown can be pretty nerve-racking —especially during COVID 
while doctor’s offices are an absolute last resort. Many people today are looking for alternative chiropractic types of spinal adjustment and there are various types of chiropractic techniques to choose from for pain relief. One option is non-force chiropractic.

 Thankfully, this is not the only means of 
realigning your spine and relieving your pain.
 There is another form of chiropractic care that is painless and gentle—it’s called 
non-force chiropractic.

Understanding non-force chiropractic

Activator_V.jpgThis type of care is FDA-approved and is the most researched type of chiropractic procedure out there. But what exactly is it?

Non-force chiropractic care utilizes the “activator method,” which involves a spring-loaded-handheld tool [CJ4] called the “Activator V” as an alternative to the violent twisting and popping that most people associate with chiropractic care.

The Activator V applies low-force impulses at high speeds to individualized locations on the spine, allowing energy to flow evenly throughout your entire body. With a simple touch of a button, this tool produces an electronic thrust of pressure to generate a force wave that deeply penetrates the spine without causing pain.

This type of treatment is often preferred over traditional chiropractic for a variety of reasons. For starters, it is:

  • Extremely low risk
  • Pain-free
  • Fast-acting, thanks to the controlled force and speed of the Activator V
  • Accurate
  • Gentle
Activator V’s high speed is vital because it gives your muscles less time to resist treatment and tense up. This lack of resistance can be the difference between a non-effective and effective treatment.

Alongside its speed, controlled force of the instrument is also paramount because it allows for localized pain treatment without the need to bend or twist the joint. 

The difference between traditional chiropractic and non-force chiropractic

Pain is just a symptom of a much larger issue within the body. Most traditional chiropractors only focus on this symptom, attempting to alleviate pain by popping and cracking your back without actually looking to solve the root of the problem. Non-force chiropractors, on the other hand, don’t just focus on pain—they focus on its underlying causes. By utilizing the activator method in particular, these chiropractors are able to activate the involved nerve pathway, allowing the natural flow of communication to occur, and initiating healing. 

The proof in the pudding

Still skeptical? No worries. 

Since the creation of Activator Methods International in 1967, studies have been (and still are) being conducted to prove the effectiveness of the Activator V. Check out the most recent research here.

Think you want to try non-force chiropractic care to get back pain relief without any forceful manipulation of your spine and neck? Talk to your local chiropractor to see if this treatment is available for you.
Updated: June 5, 2021

Information provided within this article is for educational purposes and is not a substitute for medical advice. Those seeking specific medical advice should consult his or her doctor or surgeon. If you need to consult with a specialist, you may be able find a health care provider in our Specialist Finder. SpineNation does not endorse treatments, procedures, products or physicians.

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