Spinal/Extremity Manipulation

Joint Manipulation:

Joint manipulation is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint, using high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrusting maneuvers. … It is usually aimed at one or more ‘target’ synovial joints with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect.

What is spinal manipulation?

  • Spinal manipulation is also called spinal manipulative therapy. It’s a technique where practitioners use their hands or a device to apply a controlled thrust (that is, a force of a specific magnitude or degree in a specific direction) to a joint of your spine. The amount of force can vary, but the thrust moves the joint more than it would on its own. Spinal manipulation is different from spinal mobilization, which doesn’t involve a thrust (and is performed within a joint’s natural range of motion and can be controlled by the patient).
  • Most spinal manipulations are done by chiropractors, osteopathic physicians and physical therapists with specialized training. 
  • Spinal manipulation is one of the most common complementary health approaches used by adults in the United States, the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) showed. 

What are some of the pain conditions for which spinal manipulation has been used?

  • For Headache
  • For Neck Pain
  • For Sciatica
  • For Low-Back Pain
  • For Other Conditions

Is spinal manipulation safe?

  • Spinal manipulation is relatively safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. The most common side effects of spinal manipulation are temporary muscle soreness, stiffness, or a temporary increase in pain.