hydrated,” he added. “You have to look at the whole picture.” Continuing education for Dr. Raether and his staff in wellness issues help them carry the most up-to-date messages to their patients.

Early user of AMCT

While Dr. Raether said he does his share of manual adjustments, the practice was one of the early users of the activator method of chiropractic care. Discovered in the early 1970s, the activator is a small, hand-held, spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small impulse to the spine. The aim is to produce enough force to move the vertebrae but not enough to cause injury.

The activator method chiropractic technique (AMCT) involves having the patient lie in a prone position to compare

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functional leg lengths. Often one leg will seem to be slightly shorter than the other. The chiropractor then carries out a series of muscle tests such as having the patient move their arms in a certain position in order to activate the muscles attached to specific vertebrae. If the leg lengths change, that is taken as a sign that the problem is located at that vertebra. The chiropractor treats problems found in this way moving progressively along the spine in the direction from the feet toward the head.

AMCT is often considered a “softer” method of chiropractic care which is why many people prefer it.

“People are very comfortable here and with what we do,” Dr. Raether said. “Everyone has a story to tell, and we’re here to listen.”