What is the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique?

The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach. The technique has been used safely on patients of all ages, bringing relief to people with a variety of health concerns.

Incorporating the latest advances in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations, this unique system of administering spinal adjustments using research-based analysis and the Activator Adjusting Instrument can help restore spinal balance safely and comfortably.

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Arthrostim Adjustor
We use a special instrument called an Arthrostim Adjustor (see right) to adjust your spine. It is unique because it produces rapid thrusts at a rate of 12 times per second (frequency known as 'the low beta somatomotor rhythm'). This creates specific adjustive energy (force) and a barrage of afferent/information that the nervous system can use to modify dysfunctional patterns. It capitalizes on the natural feedback cycle, which the nervous system uses to organize itself. The rapid thrust activates the patient's proprioceptors and mechanoreceptors without affecting the pain receptors. By utilizing the same mechanisms that the nervous system uses to control body biomechanics, corrections can be achieved using reduced force.

Arthrostim Adjustor in Use

The Arthrostim Adjustor is especially useful on those patients who have brittle bones (osteoporosis) or are experiencing significant pain. Children and others who are apprehensive can benefit where a light and gentle thrust is indicated.

Disc Table

Our practice utilizes the Leander Flexion Table (see below). This table combines two biomechanical activities: Distraction (to pull apart) and Flexion (to bend). Some of the Benefits from using this table include:
Leander Flexion Table


Message Therapy


Massage Therapy is performed in our office as an adjunct to the chiropractic adjustment. Dr. Ronning is a graduate of the Honolulu School of Massage and is actively involved in all of the training of all of the massage therapist that work for him in the clinic. There are specific techniques that are used in the office that are for therapeutic purposes only. Among them are deep tissue, pin and stretch and Vertebral Muscle Spasm Release. Vertebral Muscle Spasm Release is a technique that Dr. Ronning has devised to relax tight muscles around the vertebrae. This allows the vertebrae to stay longer in a position that they are adjusted in which will tend to make the adjustment hold longer. To ensure quality service all massage therapy is prescribed and directed by Dr. Ronning. All of the employees are graduates of an accredited massage school, are licensed and insured for patient’s safety.



You are what you eat.... You've heard it many times, but 'hearing' and 'doing' are two very different things. We're passionate about your Health, and Nutrition is a fundamental part of that picture. Americans currently lead the pack, with a current estimated count of 57 million people with 'pre-diabetes', on top of 23.6 million who already have the disease. What you eat can literally change your life, for better or worse. The supplements we recommend come from organically grown whole food. the quality is controlled by periodic government evaluation and inspection. They are only dispensed through a qualified health care provider. Please talk to us about our Nutrition Counseling services.

Wellness Strategy

As a new patient at Ronning Chiropractic, we do a comprehensive evaluation with you to assist us in determining your current state of health, possible daily activities that may be exacerbating existing conditions (and pre-disposing you to new ones), as well as establish a general roadmap for tracking your progress as we get you moving down the road to wellness. This study is cross-referenced with testing results from sophisticated computerized SEMG (Surface Electromyography), ITS (Infrared Thermography), the inclinometer, and X-rays to better understand your health one snapshot in time to the next.

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Ronning Chiropractic
3116A 188th Street NE
Arlington, Washington 98223
Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday by appointment only.