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Spinal Manipulation Adjustments

About 80% of patients visiting a chiropractor receive spinal manipulation, while chiropractors offer several treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. Spinal manipulation is a distinctive type of hands-on treatment (manual therapy) different from other manual therapy, such as massage and mobilization.

Spinal Manipulation

spinal manipulation el paso tx.Spinal manipulation uses force (rapid, shallow push) to spinal joints that move the target joint or nearby joints slightly beyond their normal range of movement. An audible “pop often accompanies spinal manipulation.” This can be considered dissolved gas discharged from joint fluids with a quick pressure drop. This gas abruptly joins into little bubbles, making a popping sound. Studies have demonstrated that hearing the audible pop for spinal manipulation to work is not always essential.

Goal: Spinal Manipulation

spinal manipulation el paso tx.The goal is to restore function to spinal column mechanical disorders and reduce pain.

A chiropractor is trained in this highly specialized manual therapy and will inform you if your condition suits this type of treatment. Spinal manipulation continues to be most successful when coupled with lifestyle adjustments and active therapies, such as stretching and exercise.

Conditions: Spinal Manipulation Treats

spinal manipulation el paso tx.The precise mechanism through which spinal manipulation works is debatable. Still, numerous theories are being studied, including stretching tight muscles, stimulating the nervous system, unlocking trapped spinal joints, and freeing entrapped joints.

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Spinal manipulation has been proven to be safe and effective for specific types of recent neck and back injuries, along with more lasting or recurring musculoskeletal conditions. A chiropractor is trained to identify serious underlying conditions that might preclude spinal manipulation or manual treatment. They would then refer you to the appropriate medical specialist.

The manipulation of the cervical spine or neck is a common technique utilized by doctors of chiropractic for individuals complaining of upper back, neck, and shoulder/arm pain, in addition to headaches.

Benefits: Cervical Spinal Manipulation

spinal manipulation el paso tx.Chiropractic treatment is thought of as the first line of therapy for a range of cervical spine conditions and injuries/conditions that affect the thoracic and lumbar spine (back),

Chiropractic treatment for cervical spine pain management includes (but is not limited to):

  • Reducing pain
  • Improving movement
  • Restoring function to the head and neck region

Patients will be advised that the treatment will start after a complete patient history, physical examination, review of past family histories, and review of systems are completed. Tests might include X-ray, CT, MRI, EMG/NCV, urine analysis, and blood tests. Referral to a professional depends on each case.


Techniques: Chiropractic Manipulation

spinal manipulation el paso tx.There are two general manipulation techniques for spine injuries:

  • Cervical spinal manipulation is considered the conventional chiropractic adjustment or a high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) technique. A chiropractor will use their hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint while the body is in a specific position.
  • Cervical spinal mobilization – is a more gentle/less forceful modification, or even a low-velocity, low-amplitude (LVLA) technique moving the joint through a tolerable range of movement.

The combination of techniques varies from patient to patient, depending on the healthcare professional’s preferred techniques and methods, the patient’s technique, and the patient’s response to the treatment.

There are over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors worldwide. Typically, chiropractors will concentrate on 8 to 10 distinct techniques.

Chiropractic: Goal

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Chiropractic aims to revive or enhance joint function, reduce pain, and resolve swelling.

New chiropractic adjustment approaches evolve from an existing technique and are often named after the chiropractor who develops them.

Chiropractic Manipulation: Approaches

spinal manipulation el paso tx.Chiropractors adapt therapy plans to satisfy the particular needs of each individual. Typically, chiropractic treatment plans involve forceful and less forceful spinal adjustment techniques during the same treatment session or throughout therapy.



Spinal Mobilization: (Low-Velocity Moderate Techniques)

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For example, some conditions (for example, osteoporosis), pathology, the patient’s size, patient comfort, or individual preference may demand a milder approach, generally referred to as spinal mobilization. Additionally, some patients and clinicians prefer gentle mobilization techniques that don’t involve twisting or thrusting of the body.

The goal of spinal mobilization is HVLA spinal manipulation to reestablish or enhance joint movement.

Along with manipulation, many chiropractors will use adjunctive therapy, such as ice or heat or physical therapy modalities (for instance, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, etc.), as part of an overall treatment program. Patients must discuss their symptoms and tastes with their healthcare professionals to determine the best treatment plan.

Chiropractors are not the only healthcare providers who use spinal manipulation for back pain treatment. Many osteopathic physicians will provide spinal mobilization and spinal manipulation.

Chiropractors may choose spinal mobilization for certain individuals:

  • Patient preference: specific patients prefer spinal mobilization over spinal manipulation
  • Patients with sensitive nervous systems can benefit from gentle chiropractic methods to keep the entire body from overreacting and causing reactive muscle spasms.
  • Patients with existing conditions may be redeemed for spinal manipulation, such as patients with advanced osteoporosis, bone pathology, some forms of deformity, and certain kinds of inflammatory arthritis.
  • For patients when they are in the acute phase of their illness and severe pain
  • Obesity can make the positioning of the individual and the manipulation procedures difficult for both the practitioner and the patient, which might favor a low-force technique.

Spinal Mobilization: Methods

spinal manipulation el paso tx.There is an array of spinal mobilization techniques. Common gentle spinal mobilization methods include:

  • Activator method: The Activator is a handheld, spring-loaded, manual tool with low force. With the patient lying face down, the chiropractor evaluates leg length, performs muscle testing, and adjusts the spine or extremity joints using the Activator tool.
  • Cox Flexion-distraction: This technique involves a gentle adjustment designed to adjust vertebrae by employing a soft stretch to the lower spine, typically a set of repetitive slow movements similar to a rocking motion.
  • Toggle Drop: Using crossed hands, one on top of the other, the chiropractor presses down quickly and firmly on a particular spine area using gravity to execute the adjustment. The table has different sections that drop and can be increased following the localization of the spinal adjustment.
  • McKenzie Technique: This strategy uses a patient’s favorite position to facilitate pain loss.
  • Release work: Applying gentle pressure using the fingertips, the chiropractor adjusts the misaligned vertebrae to restore them to their natural positions.
  • Sacro-Occipital Strategy (SOT): This method involves placing wedges or blocks under the pelvis, allowing gravity to realign the pelvis.

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