What is Spinal Manipulation?
The spinal manipulation Technique sometimes referred to as chiropractic adjustment, is a common treatment by Chiropractic doctors for spinal pain. It applies manipulation to the vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally.
It is a technique where chiropractors use their hands to apply a controlled thrust to a spinal joint. The controlled thrust refers to a force applied in a given magnitude or direction. Furthermore, this is frequently followed by a popping sound.
It aims to reduce subluxation to increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, and improve function. In addition, it is commonly the manual therapy used by Chiropractors to treat various types of musculoskeletal conditions.
But why can spinal manipulation create a popping sound?
The joint creating a popping sound referred to as joint cavitation. It happens because, within our joint, there is a synovial fluid that acts as a lubricant. And this fluid has gases. So, when a person comes for an adjustment or manipulation, it stretches the joint capsule where the gases as rapidly release, forming bubbles that cause the popping sound.
Below is Dr. Abraham Pan, one of our chiropractors in Evergreen Rehab & Wellness –Surrey explaining the popping of the joints.
What Conditions can Spinal Manipulation Treat?
Spinal manipulation is a type of manual therapy or joint therapy that can be used for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- And any Musculoskeletal Disorders
What are the benefits of spinal manipulation?
Spinal manipulation can help a patient to reduce pain and restore function. It aims to alleviate the pressure on joints, reduce inflammation and improve nerve function. It can help patients to get relief from any musculoskeletal pain.
In, addition together with exercise, spinal manipulation can help you to improve your flexibility. It can improve the mobility of your back and shoulders and strengthen your core muscles. Also, it aims to help you feel better.
How to know if Spinal Manipulation is Right for You?
Before each session start, a thorough analysis is performed by a chiropractor to see if spinal manipulation is ideal for your condition. They are trained to identify serious underlying conditions and if spinal manipulation can help your condition.
Is Spinal Manipulation Safe?
When conducted by a qualified and licensed Chiropractor, spinal manipulation is relatively safe. Temporary muscular discomfort, rigidity, or a temporary increase in pain are the most typical side effects of spinal manipulation.
But, remember that spinal manipulation is not for everyone, such as people with osteoporosis, at risk of stroke, and those with an unstable spine are not ideal for spinal manipulation. You will undergo a thorough analysis to see if spinal manipulation is ideal for your condition.
Evergreen Rehab & Wellness incorporates both manual and instrument techniques for more effective treatment outcomes. Our doctors are well-trained and highly skilled in both methods and may apply manual and instrument techniques to patients depending on their health needs.