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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. Arlan Fuhr

Dr. Arlan Fuhr

Meet the developer of the Activator Method and learn more about the living legacy of Dr. Arlan W. Fuhr.

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Arlan W. Fuhr, DC

Dr. Fuhr knows what it’s like to have a small part in something big.


The early 1970s were a pivotal time in Logan’s history, and the decision of whether or not the institution could move operations to a 112-acre property in Chesterfield rested in the hands of Logan alumni.

Dr. Fuhr, having been in practice for just 10 years, was one of 70 alumni who donated $5,000 to raise $350,000 needed for the down payment of the current campus. Nearly 40 years later, he still considers that donation as one of the more defining moments of his career.

“You never lose anything by giving,” he said.

Dr. Fuhr was only 12 years old when he identified his calling to become a chiropractor. After years of suffering from painful sore throats, Dr. Fuhr began receiving routine adjustments from his mother’s chiropractor. Within 11 visits, the sore throats were gone, and Dr. Fuhr had a clear vision of his career path.

Today, Dr. Fuhr is the co-founder and inventor of Activator Methods International, a Phoenix-based company known for the instrument adjust technique, the Activator Methods, which provides chiropractic care, resources and training. He also continues to leave his mark on the institution that he says gave so much to him.

The September 1961 graduate is chair of the new Forever Chiropractic, Forever Logan campaign – the first perpetual and permanent scholarship campaign that benefits current and future Logan chiropractic students.

“What I like about the program is that half of the money is allocated for immediate scholarships, while the other half is earmarked for scholarship endowments,” he said. That means the principal gift remains in perpetuity, while income generated from the endowed portion supports future scholarships.

To kick-start the campaign, Dr. Fuhr has committed to giving $50,000 ($5,000 a year for 10 years).

He encourages colleagues and supporters to learn more about the Forever Logan campaign and consider donating at least $1,000 or more each year for the next 10 years.

“Chiropractic has a bright future, and I’m proud of Logan,” said Dr. Fuhr. “That’s why I’ve made this commitment. It allows me to leave something behind that will last forever.”

Visit logan.edu/Forever to learn more.

Activator Founder, Dr Arlan Fuhr, honored by Logan University


Dr Arlan W. Fuhr, founder of Activator Methods Internationals, has been honoured for his contribution to Logan University by his Alma Mater, Logan University. Receiving the Logan Excellence Award, Dr Fuhr was presented with his award by the President of Logan University, Dr Clay McDonald.

Dr Fuhr was presented with the award after delivering the commencement address to the graduating class of 2015, during which he spoke on the subject of success and the discipline that is a critical component.

Speaking after the ceremony, Dr Fuhr said “I was surprised and delighted to receive this award. I graduated 54 years ago in 1961 and was involved in purchase of the current campus in 1974. Logan remains very dear to my heart, and it’s always special to return here.”

Dr Fuhr is the inventory of the world-famous Activator Adjusting Instrument, used by over 70% pf the world’s chiropractors. His technique, Activator Method, is taught widely at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with Activator Seminars being held in every WFC region.

He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his contribution to the chiropractic profession, including by the WFC, which presented him with its prestigious Honor Award in 2013

WFC Secretary-General Richard Brown congratulated Dr Fuhr on his award: “Dr Fuhr is a true legend in the chiropractic world” he said. “His contribution to the clinical practice and support of numerous causes is immeasurable and on behalf of the WFC I offer him our sincere congratulations.”

Dr Fuhr is married to Judi Fuhr, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Acitvator Methods International. An accomplished businesswoman, with a formidable history in public affairs, Judi heads up the day-to-day operations for Activator Methods.

Our Testimonials

We spent a lot of time doing leg checks with the instructor watching everyone do them, and correcting subtle mistakes.  I was pleased that I was corrected in doing something that was less than perfect which I didn’t even realize.  The instructor kept emphasizing how important the basics were, lines of drive, and did a great job not getting caught up in checking more and more and more on the patient.  The new concepts added were actually new, very useful, and not merely an attempt to give new information to merely satisfy the doctors craving for new information.  Anyway, very refreshing and re-grounded me in the basics.  Felt an improved vibe with my adjusting yesterday.  It was great.
Having the protocol gives me a system that tells me exactly what adjustments a patient needs, and, more importantly, what adjustments a patient does not need. Activator Methods gives me everything I need, from assessments to treatments.
Activator appealed to me due to the research, results and ease of use. After practicing for ten years I continue to feel fantastic because of the minimal impact on my body and the tremendous results my patients experience. Recently I dislocated my shoulder playing hockey and did not miss any work since I was able to use the Activator with my healthy arm.
Activator club has turned out to be successful in more than just the technique aspect. Not only do we meet each week and help students prepare for seminars and clinic, but the student members have become like a family, where we get together outside of school to run through the checks and bounce ideas off each other. Learning off the cuff – that’s where real learning happens!