What is chiropractic spinal manipulation?
The words “spinal manipulation” sometimes make one uneasy. It doesn’t exactly sound like the most friendliest of terms does it? But the more you learn about it, the more welcomed and friendly it becomes. Spinal manipulation is a staple in a chiropractor’s routine, and when performed by a well trained professional offers a plethora of benefits.
Spinal manipulation is the key to chiropractic care. Chiropractic is a specialized type of spinal manipulative procedure that chiropractors spend years perfecting that is different than all other types.
The goal of chiropractic spinal manipulation is to correct spinal joint dysfunction (vertebral subluxation) that often leaves the bony structures jammed and locked. If left uncorrected, this can lead to pain, restricted movement and arthritic changes that can become permanent. It can also affect the nervous system and spinal nerves exiting the spine. Chiropractic spinal manipulation corrects spinal dysfunction more comfortably and more safely than other types of manipulation.
“Locked” vertebra can occur due to trauma, repetitive motions such as computer use and sports activities. Poor posture, lack of physical conditioning, emotional stress and strain and nutritional deficiencies also cause locked vertebra. Subluxations and locked joints are corrected, in part, by applying the right amount of force (manipulation) and movement to the spine. This restores and improves the function of the spine and reduces pain. Once unlocked, the joints will resume their normal movement have less discomfort.
The muscles that surround locked joints must also be addressed and treated. Muscles influence bony joint movement and can also become locked in spasm or shortened over time. Myofascial and muscle trigger points may develop complicating the condition.
I use many treatment techniques. And depending on factors such as the location of the problem and patient condition, I use varying types of bone, joint and muscle manipulation.