Activator Methods- Is it for me?

Megan Rogerson, our Osteopath here at Back 2 Balance, Hove, has recently finished her Activator Methods Protocol. In this blog she takes you through what it is and why we use it as a technique. At Back 2 Balance, we appreciate that there is no one size fits all, and that the more techniques we have in our skill set, the more we can help the community.


You may have heard about the Activator Method, you may have not. The Activator method is a type of adjusting and way of working. Some chiropractors may just use only the Activator Method, whereas other clinicians use it in practice alongside other ways of adjusting, such as the drop table or the clicking technique you may be familiar with.

Using a series of observations and tests, it is designed to help the clinician evaluate the function of joints and isolate bio-mechanical or nervous system errors. It then helps the clinician to find the location of the problem and address it using an instrument called an Activator. The Activator has many different names according to clients. Many have likened it to a staple gun (without the staples), or said it makes them feel like frankenstein…sounds terrifying doesn’t it, but the Activator Method is one of the most gentlest yet effective way of adjusting.

Both Rebecca (clinic director at Back2balance) and Megan (associate osteopath) are trained in the Activator Method. If you are one of our clients (new client or wellbeing) you will be familiar with us checking your leg length. You may have heard us say oh, you’re right short today. If you are one of our wellbeing clients you may even ask ‘what am I today then’. We check leg length in 2 different positions, legs straight on the couch, and then with knees bent to 90 degrees whilst clients are laying on their front. The reason we bend the knees is because the leg length can change from either position. If one leg starts off short with legs straight but then goes even with knees bent, we know that the pelvic joint on the side of the changing leg is the side of the pelvis that needs some attention. That is just one example. The Activator Protocol tells us how we can scan the whole spine to see which joint needs to be adjusted. This is another way (along with palpation, our sense of touch) we can be as accurate as we can with our adjusting so that clients leave the clinic feeling great.

So, how do I know if the Activator Method is right for me? Well as I said earlier, some clinicians only use the Activator Method, whereas at Back2balance, our clinicians use it as a technique along lots of different techniques. There is no right or wrong answer, the advice I give to clients who ask me what the difference is between an osteopath, chiropractor and physio is, there isn’t much when all is said and done. What you need to do as a client, is find what works best for YOU and your body, no matter what kind of clinician they may be or what techniques they use!

If you have any questions for us, or are interested in having this particular technique, give us a call 01273 206868 or email

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