Spinal Manipulation – Can it Help Reduce Back Pain?

Category: Procedures, Spine Pain | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: July 9, 2014

spinal manipulationSpinal manipulation is a chiropractic technique used to help reduce pain in the back (most often the lower back). In this blog, we will discuss the different forms of spinal manipulation, and when they can be helpful in treating back pain.

What is Spinal Manipulation?

For non-medical professionals who have never been treated for back pain, spinal manipulation may sound downright scary. But the truth is that spinal manipulation is a legitimate technique that can help certain people reduce their back pain.

Spinal manipulation (also referred to as spinal manipulation therapy) is a technique used primarily by chiropractors, physical therapists, and medical doctors, to reduce back pain and increase function levels in patients. The process involves the medical professional using their hands to apply force to a spinal joint, in an attempt to restore function to the joint.

Generally, spinal manipulation involves a high velocity, low amplitude thrust technique in which the professional applies sudden force to the joint until a “pop” is heard. There are also other, lower force techniques that can be applied over the course of several treatment sessions.

When can Spinal Manipulation Help?

Spinal manipulation is one of many tactics (others include: surgery, exercise, physical therapy) that can be used to combat back pain and reduced physical mobility. Scientific research is various when it comes to the efficacy of spinal manipulation. Some believe it can be helpful, others believe it can be harmful.

Whether or not spinal manipulation therapy can help you is entirely dependent on your unique set of circumstances. In some cases spinal manipulation may work wonders to reduce your back pain. In other cases, it may only provide short term pain relief. Discuss your treatment options with your physician to determine the best course of treatment.

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