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Activator Methods Advanced Courses

Course Date

Start: 18th February 2023 @ 09:00am
End: 19th February 2023 @ 14:00pm

Course Location

Fujitega Research Foundation
Av de la Reina Victoria 70, Madrid, Madrid, Spain


Course Description

February 18-19

Activator Methods Advanced Tests

This course is for Activator Practitioners looking for treatments for some of the most unique cases. You will learn about advanced Leg Length testing, Pelvic Involvement, Lumbar Spine, Thoracic Spine, Ribs, and the Cervical Spine and Occiput. The programme also includes special populations (newborns and infants) and Myofascial Trigger Points. By taking this course, along with the Basic Scan Protocol, and the Upper and Lower Extremities, you will have learned almost all of the Activator Method and shown your commitment to ensuring you are able to treat most NMS conditions a patient presents with.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Understanding of the mechanisms of Instrument-Assisted-Manipulative-Treatment using the Activator.
  • Understanding of the possible mechanisms involved in the response to the treatment from a biomedical perspective.
  • Knowledge of clinical clues leading to the diagnose of the most common MS conditions of special populations (infants)
  • Ability to perform myofascial treatment using the Activator.

The instrument-assisted manipulative treatment (IAMT) is taught together with the limitations of the method and the current evidence available for this therapeutical approach. The advanced courses will help the clinician to step away from a basic protocol to approach specific cases with clinical reasoning and understanding the physics of the instruments and its biomechanical advantages and contra-indications.

The instructor is Ricardo Fujikawa, MD, DC, MSc; who is a licensed physician in Spain and a fully qualified chiropractor. He holds the instructor certification with the Activator Methods International, Phoenix (AZ). He has 20 years of experience in medical education, being a former faculty member at the Palmer College of Chiropractic (USA), Feevale University (Brasil), RCU Maria Cristina (Spain), and he is current an part-time faculty at the Southern California University of Health Sciences (USA), and a Senior Lecturer at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic – Madrid Campus. He was a PhD student at the Biomechanics Department of the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and is involved in Basic Science Research with the Activator instrument and publishing as a co-author of articles related to Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis response to IAMT.

Each course is composed of 12 hours of instruction, divided into 40% lecture and 60% practice, distributed in a one-and-a-half day format. Didactical material will be distributed to the participants, with instruction and references.




Core Essentials

9:00 am The Activator Method Analytical Technique | Leg Testing Workshop

10:00 am The Activator Adjusting Instrument Protocol | Landmarks Workshop

Advanced Testing

11:00 am                     Lumbar Spine: Diagnosis and Treatment

11:30 – 12:00 am        Coffee Break

12:00 am                     Thoracic Spine: Diagnosis and Treatment

1:00 pm                       Cervical Spine: Diagnosis and Treatment

2:00 – 3:00 pm            Lunch Break

3:00 pm                       Extension and Flexion disfunction

4:00 pm                       Facet Articular Disfunction

5:00 pm                       Sacrum and Pelvis: Diagnosis and Treatment

6:30 pm                       End of Session


9:30 am                       Breakfast

10:00 am                     The Temporomandibular Joint

11:00 am                     Activator Method Pediatric Approach

12:00 am                     Soft Tissue Mobilisation: Activator Trigger Point (TrP) Therapy

1:00 pm                       Clinical Grand Rounds and Proficiency Testing

Course ends at 2:00pm.

Recommended Reference Text:

Fuhr A. The Activator Method. 2nd ed. St Louis:Mosby/Elsevier; 2008

Course Credits


Course Contact Name

Ricardo Fujikawa

Course Contact Email