Spinal manipulation or spinal manipulative therapy or manual therapy couples joint movement, massage, exercise and physical therapy to alleviate joint pressure, inflammation and enhance nerve function. This therapy targets pain originating from the back, neck, shoulders or a headache.
Spinal manipulation is a practice that has been refined for thousands of years across the globe (e.g., China, Indonesia, Russia, Norway) and is continuing to be utilized in both Western medicine and traditional Asian medicine.
This therapy is performed by a practitioner who uses their hands to apply sudden, controlled force to the target area. During these treatments, popping noises, similar to the crackling of knuckles, are not uncommon to hear.
With so many health avenues and methods for treating health problems, you may be wondering why spinal manipulation should be considered over another form of treatment. Below, are some of the key benefits an individual can achieve from spinal manipulation therapy:
Pain Relief: Chronic pain not only reduces the physical activities you can participate in but just reduces your comfort in everyday life.
Less Drug Dependency: Another benefit stemming from pain relief is a reduced need to pursue medication. Pursuing relief from pain in medication can cause addiction, damage to internal organs and dull your mind. Spinal manipulation offers a different path towards pain relief, free of the above risks.
Surgery Prevention: Surgery should never be a first resort to resolving health issues. This avenue exposes an individual’s to further complications, longer recovery time and potentially still ongoing issues. By first employing a more natural treatment like spinal manipulation, an individual has the opportunity to find relief from their health issues, free of potentially serious side-effects that can come with surgery.
Better Mobility: If an injury has limited your physical mobility, spinal manipulation works to return your mobility to an optimal state and remove any pain associated with the injury.