Activator Methods International, Ltd. (AMI) has been providing chiropractic care, resources and training since 1967. Founded on the principles of clinical research, AMI’s major contribution to chiropractic care is discovery and development of the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique and the associated Activator Adjusting Instrument.

Co-founder and CEO Arlan W. Fuhr D.C. has more than four decades of experience in clinical research and private practice. He has been honored by the profession numerous times, including:

  • World Federation of Chiropractic “Honour Award,” 2009
  • Dynamic Chiropractic's Champions of Chiropractic Hall of Fame Inductee, 2008
  • Dynamic Chiropractic’s “Person of the Year” Award, 2006
  • “President's Award” from the American Chiropractic Association, 2005
  • Greenawalt Foundation Award for Clinical Excellence in Technique, 2004
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, 2000
  • Arizona’s “Chiropractor of the Year,” and the Daniel David Palmer Chiropractic Scientific Award, 1993
  • Fellow at Palmer West Academy, Palmer College of Chiropractic West in Sunnyvale, California, 1991
  • Member of the Board of Trustees at Logan College of Chiropractic, St. Louis, Missouri, 1981 through 1991

AMI has published clinical and scientific peer-reviewed papers beyond that of most chiropractic analytical treatment procedures. AMI’s mechanical force, manually assisted adjusting instrument is recognized and covered by Medicare. The number of licensed professionals trained in the Activator Method is approximately 150,000 worldwide, making it the most widely used low-force chiropractic technique in the world.

AMI has published more than 105 abstracts and manuscripts on the Activator Method with the support of the National Institute of Chiropractic Research. Additional research efforts have been funded by the National Institutes of Health. The resulting abstracts and manuscripts have been a valuable tool to support the practitioner’s treatment of problems of the spine.

Our Techniques

A specific diagnostic technique that provides detailed information on what adjustments your body needs for optimal response and pain relief. A gentle low-force instrument is used in this approach. This style is particularly effective for those that do not like or respond the manual “popping” technique. read more
A very specific diagnostic tool that utilizes muscle testing to determine health issues from structural imbalances to nutritional deficiencies. read more
More commonly known and utilized by most chiropractors, however, execution is very different amongst practitioners. Manual adjustments by some practitioners are very rough and general, known as “the flying seven.” Dr. Severson takes a very detailed approach to care and is comparatively very gentle. read more
A specific adjusting technique that utilizes a table the drops away and assists efficacy of the spinal adjustment. This approach is generally more comfortable for the patient then the typical “manual” adjustment. read more
A machine designed to create an exact, adjustable and reproducible impulse that is very specific to the patients needs. This approach is gentle and can really be effective for difficult cases.
A very gentle approach to therapy, rebalancing pulses and energy systems throughout the body.
A non-thermal laser capable of stimulating deep tissue. The light energy promotes the process of photo-biostimulation. The photochemical reaction in tissue produces an increase in the cellular metabolism rate that expedites cell repair and the stimulation of the immune, lymphatic and vascular systems. The net result is the reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and overall reduction in healing time. This laser was featured on CBS, “:The Doctors.”
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Other conjunctive therapies that may be part of treatment include electrical therapy, ultrasound therapy, heat/ice therapy, massage and natural healing supplemental programs.