Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

February 20, 2014

The Activator Method in Chiropractic

Chiropractic has come a very long way in one hundred eighteen years!


February 18, 2014

Back Pain, Chiropractic, and the Activator Method

Not Important Until It's Important!

Not Important Until It’s Important!

Back Pain


And The Activator Method

June 26, 2011

New Patient Video on the Activator Method

Filed under: Back pain, Chiropractic — Tags: , , , , , — doctordilday @ 1:50 pm

“I cannot describe how happy you made me last FRI….was thinking how bad that I wanted you to adjust me! Last time that I asked Doc he said it was all muscle…wanted me to see [DELETED] D.O. in Edmonds…I did and think it was a real scam…felt worse and paid $240….after you adjusted me…I felt better right away and it was such a relief…had a good massage on MONDAY….I barely have any pain now at all and I actually was using RX pain killers….just want to say a big THANK YOU AND APPRECIATE YOU!” Sharon

What is Chiropractic? What do Chiropractic Doctors do? And why?

This video does a great job of showing you what will happen when you get adjusted, how and why. It is very good in all respects.

Share this Post with others you know who would benefit from Chiropractic care.

Note: Here are a few more thoughts on the Activator Method.

“Activator Methods has proven its reliability over forty five years being the only  instrument adjusting technique that has stood the test of time.  It has over 100 peer-reviewed published papers and is the only instrument adjusting technique with clinical trials.” – Activator Blog

Email questions and request additional information from dennis@doctordilday.com

In Health,


November 29, 2010

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique


Contact: Dennis Dilday, Everett Chiropractic Center, (425) 348-5207

Dr. Dennis Dilday receives Advanced Proficiency Rating in Activator Method

November 24, 2010 (Everett, WA) – Activator Methods International has announced that Dr. Dennis Dilday has achieved an Advanced Proficiency Rating in the Activator Method Chiropractic Technique for calendar year 2010. Such an achievement is a reflection of Dr. Dilday’s significant commitment of time and energy to complete Activator’s rigorous continuing education program. The designation also places Dr. Dilday in an elite class of chiropractic physicians who are expertly trained in the world’s number-one instrument adjusting technique.

In order to receive an Advanced Proficiency Rating, a doctor must attend an Intermediate-level Activator seminar and then successfully complete written and practical examinations. The rating is valid for one year, and the doctor must continue his training annually in the Activator Method to maintain his status.

Dr. Dilday has been practicing the Activator Method at the Everett Chiropractic Center in Everett, WA for over 12 years. He graduated from Palmer Chiropractic College in 1985 and specializes corporate wellness programs and in helping patients with this gentle, low-force technique this is proven through clinical trials to provide relief for numerous ailments. For more information about Dr. Dilday and his practice, call (425) 348-5207 or go to http://www.doctordilday.com.

About Activator Methods International
Phoenix-based Activator Methods International has a long history of research-based technique development and highly effective chiropractic care. With more than 40 years of experience in the chiropractic field, Activator employs the latest advancements in orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examinations to manage and improve joint function.

July 13, 2007

Dr. Weil and Activator Chiropractic


Dr. Weil has begun to endorse chiropractic care of a certain variety. Here’s the News Release from the Activator Methods website talking all about it.

What I like best about Activator Methods Technique is the Scan. This method of checking for nerve system dysfunction allows us to quickly and easily check any joint to determine normal responses or abnormal responses, and to quickly and easily determine where and in which direction to make a correction. It’s especially nice for patients who want to stay healthy and fully functioning without having to wait for symptoms to let them know they need care. These patients know from experience, usually, that it’s much less expensive and much less painfull to stay well than it is to get well.

Another great advantage of making spinal adjustments with the Activator adjusting instrument is that it is a thousand times faster than using our hands so there is no cracking or popping sounds. Patients benefit because the adjustment is much more comfortable than a hand adjustment might be.


July 5, 2017

Maybe you too?

“I feel amazing” she said. And “doing stuff that I haven’t done in years… and on my knees too!”

When I met this patient in December of last year, it was: “I sometimes have to pull over…” while driving due to knee pain. She said that her back was “always really tight” and it had been that way for two years.


She is going a month between visits. She knows how to brace and breathe, and how to bend and lift, as well as get up and down off the ground. She does the exercises to keep the joints that I adjust moving between visits; and she is helping her husband build a 40 foot deck – with no pain anywhere!

This is a woman who has had back surgery for lower back disc herniations – twice.

Not every patient does this well. Not all chiropractors check and adjust hip, knee, and ankle/foot joints. But all chiropractors who use the Activator Method properly can check all the joints. If you need help finding a decent chiropractor in your area, just let me know. Maybe I can help.

And if you are within striking distance of Everett, WA., then give us a call at (425) 348-5207.

January 25, 2017

Left Knee Pain

Today a patient wanted me to know that her left knee pain, a pain that she didn’t even tell me about (that part impressed her the most), went away immediately after her last visit – and she hasn’t had that pain since.

Patients often like to hold back from telling me what is bothering them when they come in for any particular visit; and I don’t always  ask. They like to see if I can ‘find’ it without them telling me. Then, when I do, they make a big deal out of that.

When we accept people as patients we try to explain that ours is an “alternative” approach. That we are looking for something (the subluxation complex), and if that have that, they can be a chiropractic patient – as long as it is safe for us to address the subluxation with what we do (in our case the Activator Method). If they do not have that particular condition, they do not qualify as a chiropractic patient; if it wouldn’t be safe to adjust them in the way that we do in this office, they still do not qualify as a chiropractic patient, in this office at least.

Most all of that is lost on most people. They hurt, that is the problem. And they think that it is critically important for them to tell us where they hurt for us to do our job. We go along with the conversation and keep trying to help them understand the difference between a symptom-based approach and the chiropractic approach. First patients have to feel better. We know that. The rest is a bonus.


January 8, 2017

Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor

The Val-U-Pak coupons came in the mail last week; I just throw them in Helen’s IN basket. Today I saw that she had pulled one out and put where I could find it: “5 Tips for choosing the right Chiropractor” – I had to read it.

And now I am compelled to share my thoughts on it with you – no, I am not going to address the marketing dynamics, or the low ball offer, and all that that implies. But let’s just look at the tips and go from there.

Tip #1:  Get a thorough consultation – Make sure your doctor truly listens to your problems and concerns. Now who is going to argue with that: not me. (Falls under ‘goes without saying’ though I know it may not be what many patients have encountered in the offices that they have visited, chiropractic or otherwise.)

Tip #2: Detailed Computerized Examination – The doctor should provide you with access to the latest technology. Gosh that sounds good on the face of it, doesn’t it? All I can say is think this one through, all the way through. The trouble for patients is that they are way over their heads when it comes to judging the appropriate “latest” technology, and are ripe picking for those with less than stellar ethics.

Tip #3: On-Site X-Ray Facility – see your problems for the most effective care. This presupposes quite a bit. Nowadays it is pretty well recognized that most of the time the problems that we chiropractic doctors are addressing directly are safely and effectively addressed without having to expose the patient to either the radiation risks, or the expense of x-rays. Sometimes we do, then, having an on-site x-ray facility makes sense. The most “effective” care is the care the gets the results both the patient and doctor want in the least amount of time, for the least amount of money, and in the safest way possible. I would put ‘see’, ‘problems’ and ‘most effective’ in quotes and go from there:-)

Tip #4: Report of Clinical Findings – Prior to receiving care, you should know what’s wrong, if they can help, how long the process will take, and how much it will cost. Great ideal, but this promises more that any of us can deliver. First, you should know if the chiropractor believes that you have the problem/condition that chiropractors’ attempt to prevent, correct, or manage and if they think that it is safe to address it in the way that they specifically work. And those, by the way, are the two questions that the doctor is trying to answer in the consult and exam: do they have the problem we fix; and would it be safe to fix it the way we fix things around here? That is the “if they can help” part. But don’t be fooled – it isn’t if they can help. It’s if they think that they can help. We don’t really know if we can help for sure until we try. Which leads to how long the process will take: no one knows! In our office we make the following “promise”: that the patient will feel different in two weeks and better in four weeks. We offer that knowing full well that the vast majority will feel different and better before they get to the door to leave on their first visit. BUT, there is no guarantee! I tell them that’s the promise, and that that way if results come quickly chiropractic is a hero, if not, we are still on schedule weeks into it – it’s a reality check. Patients bring us spinal conditions that have been developing, often pain-free, for years (sometimes decades). They have developed degenerative changes, habits, lifestyles, and other conditions that affect recovery. But we live in a society that expects instant results, so… it’s an attempt to interject the truth about their condition’s seriousness and the potential limitations to recovery.

Tip #5: Education – it is critical to be instructed on how to get better faster, stay better longer, and achieve maximum results for less money. Yep. And I dedicated a whole Category of our office Blog to “Be Careful Who You Listen To”. In our office we offer the following basic education to all patients, not all want all of it, some don’t want any; some want some of it, but it is always offered: (a) The problem (subluxation): how it was created, what makes it worse, and what makes it better; (b) Our solution (the adjustment via the Activator Method) to restoring function to the joints; this includes the use of basic back first aid tricks, such as the proper use of ice; (c) how their lifestyle might be the cause of or a contributing factor, and what they might be able to do about it; (d) how to correctly move and use their back, knees, and shoulders (as a minimum) because often their history is that they do not know – and/or it is revealed in our examination – and moving poorly prevents recovery and promotes relapse; (e) exercises that the patient can do at home to promote joint motion in the joints that we had to adjust, so they can go longer between visits. From there, and not before covering that ground, we will go into strengthening, flexibility, balance or coordination exercises addressing whatever is revealed as the weak areas, or according what will help the patient hold their adjustments longer.

So, for $38, you can have a posture analysis (computerized no doubt), consultation, examination and two X-rays, and save $172 – and you can get $10 off a one hour massage to boot! And… well, stop by the office if you want this coupon (it’s first come – first served).

I hope that my comments were helpful to you and that you choose a chiropractor that delivers on all their promises and gives you all the results that you seek. Happy New Year!


December 27, 2016

2016 Questions & Answers

Some of these questions came up only once; others come up now and then, but I thought it would be nice to cover them for those who wonder.

  1. Yes, we do take new patients. A patient asked this question a while back, saying that she thought we were so busy and had been here for so long (30 years) that we probably couldn’t take new patients any more. We do.
  2. No, I will not teach you how to use the Activator Instrument if you find one to buy on eBay. A patient did actually ask.
  3. Yes, we are open on Fridays. Our hours changed many years ago – there was a time when we were closed on Fridays. Now our hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sometimes, though rarely, I come in on a Saturday; if that is the only thing that will work for you just call and let us know, we will work something out.
  4. Our fee, when you pay us at the time of service, cash, is $43. That’s right, only $43. We don’t money to be the reason you don’t get the care you need. We ‘fiddle’ with that for kids – usually, if we charge at all for kids, it’s $20. (We certainly don’t want money to be the reason you don’t get the kids the care that they need!!)
  5. Yes, we sell Biofreeze. And the folks who regularly buy it here, as well as the random stranger who buys it, say that our prices are great. I wouldn’t know; I don’t know what everyone else charges.
  6. Yes, we sell Kangen water machines. This Blog has about a dozen Posts on the subject of water and we routinely recommend it and the machine that makes it. There is no healthier water – though sometimes it is actually too healthy (Like everything else, powerfully healthy choices are best made by reasonably healthy people. People who are very sick can not just blindly change to what would otherwise be a very healthy habit. Seek professional advice!) P.S. – we strive to make what we offer the very best in it’s class. So whether it is Activator Method chiropractic care, tai chi (exercise), JuicePlus+ (supplements) or Kangen water, as far as I know, there is no better (healthier, more effective) choice: and usually whatever is in second place is way back there! When we say that we take your health seriously, we are not kidding.

There are going to be other questions – I will add them as I think of them:-)

Happy New Year!


August 11, 2015

Interesting Article on the Vagus Nerve (brain, stomach, heart connection)

This article has a lot in it and it goes in a variety of directions.

But to me it reiterates the importance of getting  subluxations adjusted (via the Activator Method of course:-) and practicing as many healthy habits are you can (notice breathing, yoga/tai chi, and other habits that I have Blogged about are recommended).

July 20, 2015

“I already feel like the fuzziness is gone.”

She’s a new patient, 30 years old; she had a car accident in 2007, another in 2014 and in March she “face planted” while doing hot yoga. Since then she’s had neck “tension” and a “foggy” feeling neck with weird sensations over the back of her head on to the top of her head. She had severe vertigo twice since March and one panic attack.

Anyway, I saw her on Friday and, uncharacteristically, I insisted on neck X-rays so that I could see her spine. The X-rays showed the effects of earlier trauma in terms of mal-alignment of the entire neck part of her spine backward until it forms now a straight-line instead of being gently curved to the front. A typical finding, and there were no other findings that would preclude me adjusting her spine.

I explained that she was subluxated, that I was going to adjust her subluxatations with the Activator adjusting instrument following the Activator Methods Protocol. I recommended the, for me, standard six visits in about a months time. And she was adjusted.

When she got up off the adjusting table I said what I often say, “expect a miracle cure”. And she said, “I already feel like the fuzziness is gone.” I could not have promised that, but I’m not surprised. I am also not surprised that she had a variety of other types of treatments that did not work as well before she came to chiropractic – that’s the case with almost all new patients.

December 18, 2014

Laughing at Low Back Pain

It’s often very helpful that new patients have been to other chiropractic offices in the area before coming to ourssome offices in particular. It gives them something to compare us to. And the stark difference is always noted, on all kinds of levels. Usually, but not always, that’s good for us:-)

Yesterday it was a new guy from California who had been to one of the local high rollers for a while, saw the operation for what it is, then spent some time on the internet (Yahoo reviews are why he choose us is what he said) before calling to come to our office.

He brought in his x-rays on a disc from the prior office. We could see extensive damage and degeneration (with multiple misalignments) in both the neck and lower back – his first and only skydiving experience (over 30 years ago) resulted in a crushed ankle and lifetime mal-alignment, pain and leg length imbalance. These account for the xray findings. He is now approaching 30 years as an airplane mechanic – so he works relatively hard too. (I showed him the x-rays since no one else had.)

We talked and I examined his spine. His past experience, in California and here, was with manual chiropractic adjustments, so I explained the Activator Method. I explained that I would understand if the difference was a deal-breaker; I offered to refer him to someone better at manual adjustments than I am (since with his spine I wouldn’t even attempt it), but he said no to that and we proceeded. (I made that move because there was no guarantee that I could help him at all and if I could it might take a while. It’s always good to set reasonable expectations up front.)

Because he was in quite a bit of pain, I would not be in the office again for two days, and he had prior experience with chiropractic, I gave him a brief Report of My Findings including a review of his condition, my treatment, safety, etc. and I answered any questions.

Then I adjusted him.

We were talking the whole time, or I was, and I probably made 5-6 adjustments, mostly in the lower back/pelvis/hip joints.

When he got up off the table and stood up he started laughing… hard. He just kept laughing, so I laughed along with him.

As we walked out to say good by he kept laughing and making funny faces. He said that he wanted to get home so he could write a Yahoo Review for us…

(So one of the main take home messages is that if you are seeing a chiropractor and not getting results or the whole experience doesn’t feel quite right – like it’s about them and not about you – go somewhere else! There are at least two hundred different ways to do chiropractic. And it’s as much as Art as it is a Science, so each of us is different anyway. Find the fit for you. Or come in and we’ll help you find the fit.)

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