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Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is unique compared with other manual therapy techniques in that the clinician applies a rapid impulse, or thrust, in order to achieve a gapping and subsequent cavitation of the target joint. Joint cavitation is accompanied by an audible release recognized as a ‘popping’, or ‘cracking’, sound.

Spinal manipulation is used by our physiotherapists to:

  • Facilitate movement
  • Relieve pain
  • Relieve pressure in the joints
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase circulation
  • Relax muscles
  • Improve muscle function

After achieving the previously listed goals with spinal manipulation progression of the client with strengthening activities are achieved much easier and faster. Spinal manipulation is used as a tool to achieve reduced pain quickly and not as a maintenance activity. There has been extensive research to show that manual therapy or manipulative therapy combined with therapeutic exercise improves patient outcomes and is done in a faster time that those activities alone.

A common misconception is that spinal manipulation by a physiotherapist is synonymous with a chiropractic adjustment. So the question follows: what is the difference between the two? Between manual physiotherapy and chiropractic? While technique and application between the professions can be very similar, the two professions operate under divergent treatment models and philosophies.

For more information, contact Vitality Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre today.