Spinal manipulation, also called spinal manipulative therapy, is designed to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve movement between bones or joints. It’s often used to treat back, neck and headache pain. In spinal manipulation, the therapist uses their hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a specific joint.
For this technique the physical therapist will apply a short, quick thrust over restricted joints (one at a time) with the goal of restoring normal range of motion in the joint. The patient’s body is positioned in specific ways to optimize the adjustment of the spine. Patients often hear popping noises, like when you crack your knuckles. This technique will usually provide immediate decrease in pain! (yay!) It is only temporary (boo!) so it NEEDS TO BE COMBINED WITH EXERCISE to make the effects last.
Spinal Manipulation will allow your bones to move better, decrease your pain and increase your motion. You can then strengthen the muscles with the spine correctly aligned.
Some people should avoid spinal manipulation or adjustments, including people who have severe osteoporosis, high stroke risk, spinal cancer, have metal in the spine or an unstable spine. People who experience numbness, tingling, or loss of strength in an arm or leg should also avoid these treatments.
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