activator methos atlas

Dr. Short's focus is on safe, gentle, well-researched chiropractic adjustment and pain management care to the North Florida community. Her primary techniques are Atlas Orthogonal and Activator Methods. The more Dr. Short heard the statement "I'm afraid of chiropractors," the more determined she became to provide quality care that was safe, gentle and effective.

Atlas is the top bone of the spine. It is the vertabrae that the head sits on. Orthogonal means right angles, or square. Atlas Orthogonal simply asks the question: "Is your head on straight?" The atlas should be sitting level on the cervical spine (neck), and the head should be square on the atlas. The head is designed to be vertical. The eyes are designed to look level with the horizon. The center for equilibrium (balance) is located within the ears. If the atlas is misaligned, it causes the head to tilt. The body then instinctively tries to straighten the head up while keeping the head over the feet (center of gravity). This causes stress throughout the rest of the spine, shoulders, pelvis, hips, knees and ankles.

Misalignments are often deceiving. Even though pain may appear in the lower back, shoulders, arms or present as a headache, their cause is very often located in the cervical spine (neck).

Atlas Orthogonal is a unique method much different from manual chiropractic adjustments. No strenuous manipulation is needed. The A.O. technique utilizes an adjusting instrument developed by Dr. Roy W. Sweat. It is a gentle way to properly align the atlas, C1.

The Activator Method is one of the most widely researched chiropractic techniques and the only instrument adjusting technique with clinical trials to support its efficacy. Activator is one of the most powerful "low force" chiropractic techniques in the world. Dr. Short has achieved Advanced Activator Proficiency. 

Activator Methods International has been providing chiropractic care, resources and training since 1967. Founded on the principles of clinical research, the company’s major contribution to chiropractic care is discovery and development of the world’s most popular instrument adjusting technique, the Activator Method.

Dr. Short also utilizes her sports medicine and massage therapy backgrounds using many therapies to address affected soft tissue problems as well.

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Office Locations

SE 28th St Melrose, FL 32666

Hours Of Operation

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