Spinal manipulation, also known as chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, the chiropractic adjustment or instrument manipulation is one of the chiropractic treatment methods for back and joint pain.
Spinal manipulation improves joint function, restores joint biomechanics, remodels scar tissue, stimulates pain inhibiting joint mechanoreceptors and causes neuroplastic changes above the spine in the parietal lobe of the brain. It has been a trusted form of treatment since the ancient Greek Hippocrates documented manipulative techniques in his writings back in 1500 B.C. Today, spinal manipulation is used to treat conditions such as back and neck pain, headaches and the spinal component of concussion symptoms.
Not every patient is a candidate for manual manipulation. A thorough history, orthopedic and neurological examination helps to differentiate those patients who receive manual or gentle instrument manipulation. We provide safe, effective spinal corrections to help you achieve your fullest health. We offer both manual and gentle instrument manipulation.
How Does Spinal Manipulation Work?
The joint movement caused by manual or an instrument manipulation stimulates movement receptors in the joint. These receptors in turn fire an impulse to the spinal cord and brain and dampen pain signals sent to the brain. Contemporary research suggests that chiropractic manipulation doesn't remove pressure on nerves it puts pressure on these motion detectors which inhibits pain.