Spinal manipulation is a manual therapy technique designed to offer immediate pain relief and improved mobility for many areas of the body, including the neck, low back, ribs, mid-back, and shoulders.
Manipulation is a passive technique where the therapist applies a specifically directed manual impulse, or thrust, to a joint, at or near the end of the passive (or physiological) range of motion.
The treatment consists of a small, quick movement of the spine that is frequently associated with a “popping” sound. Oftentimes, patients fear this sound, thinking that something is being torn. In fact, the soft tissues are never taken beyond their natural barrier during this treatment. The quick movement creates a gas bubble, and when it releases a “popping” sound is created. This sound is normal and does not indicate tissue damage. In our trained hands, it is a safe and comfortable treatment that has been proven to be effective in numerous research studies.
Spinal manipulations relieves back pain by taking pressure off sensitive nerves or tissue, increase range of motion, restoring blood flow, reducing muscle tension, and, like more active exercise, promote the release of endorphins within the body to act as natural painkillers.
Spinal mobilization has been described as "a gentle, often oscillatory, passive movement applied to a spinal region or segment so as gently to increase the passive range of motion of that segment or region.” Spinal mobilization may be used to decrease pain associated with cervical, thoracic, or lumbar dysfunction.