How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?

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Spinal manipulation sounds kind of intimidating, doesn’t it? But there’s no reason to be intimidated. You just need to know a little bit about it. That’s what we’re here for. Spinal manipulation is a form of spinal adjustment therapy that is used to provide relief for lower back pain.

It’s performed by a number of different kinds of professionals in healthcare, including chiropractors, physical therapists, osteopathic physicians, and some medical doctors. Spinal manipulation is an option for people who are suffering from lower back pain and have found that any of the self-care options just aren’t enough to help them manage their pain.

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What Happens in Spinal Manipulation

Basically, what’s happening in spinal manipulation is that the person performing the spinal adjustment therapy applies an amount of pressure, either with their hands or a device, that is controlled, to a specific joint of the spine, while you the patient, is lying or sitting in a specified position. That pressure is meant to ease inner tension in that area and provide pain relief. You should also find that you’re experiencing better physical functioning from this type of manipulation as well.

Studies have shown that spinal manipulation is at least as good as other methods of managing lower back pain, and is actually better than some. It’s even been found by the Marketing Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), that spinal manipulation is as good as medications at helping people find relief from their lower back pain.

What Should You Expect

Some people might think it’s better not to know what to expect. We here at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists disagree with that. Knowing what to expect can help to ease your mind about what is about to happen, and can help you to decide if this is the right path forward for you.

When you come in for your spinal manipulation, you’ll be undergoing what is a chiropractor’s most highly used technique. We use a thrust technique that is known as a high-velocity low amplitude thrust or HVLA. The first step is to position you in the correct way for where we will be applying the thrust force.

Once you’re in the right position, your chiropractor will position his or her hands above the joint in your spine that is being targeted for the therapy. You’ll feel a controlled forcible thrust, which is often accompanied by a popping sound. That is essentially the gist of it.

After you’ve had your spinal adjustment therapy for the day, you and your chiropractor may set up some additional sessions to have future spinal manipulations. As time passes, you’ll most likely experience some increase in mobility of the area and less back pain.

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Spinal Manipulation Is Safe and Natural

Some have asked the question about whether spinal manipulation is safe or not. The answer is yes. It’s important to make sure that you find a reputable, qualified professional to perform this type of therapy for you, but if you do that, then you can rest easy that you are in good, safe hands.

Spinal manipulation has been around in some form since the 19th century. It’s evolved over the decades through tons of research and study. Now it’s being used to treat people all over the world who experience chronic back pain, that have not been able to find relief through more conventional treatment options. It’s a great option that’s safe, effective, and completely natural.

Lisa is a professional writer who enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. She has degrees in English and Secondary Education and has been writing professionally in the medical niche for the last three years, including pieces on dentistry, health, and fitness. Her interest in the medical field began with her mother’s job as a dental nurse, and she has continued to nurture her interest in learning extensively about the diagnosis and treatment of a range of conditions.