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About 80% of patients visiting a chiropractor receive some type of spinal manipulation, while chiropractors offer a number of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. Spinal manipulation is a distinctive type of hands on treatment (manual therapy) that’s different from several other kinds of manual therapy such as massage and mobilization.
A chiropractor is trained in this highly-specialized form of manual therapy and will inform you if your condition is suitable for this type of treatment. Spinal manipulation continues to be most successful when coupled with lifestyle adjustments, as well as active treatments, such as stretching and exercise.
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 any serious underlying conditions that might preclude spinal manipulation or perhaps 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.
Chiropractic treatment for cervical spine pain management includes (but is not limited to):
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 test. Referral to a professional, depends on each individual case.
The combination of techniques varies from patient to patient depending on the healthcare professional’s preferred techniques and methods, what technique the patient is comfortable with and the patient’s response to the treatment.
There are over 100 types of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors throughout the world. Typically, chiropractors will concentrate on 8 to 10 distinct techniques in their practice.
The goal of chiropractic is to revive or enhance joint function, together with reducing pain and resolving swelling.
New chiropractic adjustment approaches typically evolve as a variation from an existing technique and are often named after the chiropractor who develops them.
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, mild mobilization techniques that don’t involve twisting, or thrusting of the body are preferred by some patients and clinicians.
The goal of spinal mobilization is the same as 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 need to discuss their symptoms and tastes with their healthcare professional to determine the best treatment plan.
Chiropractors are not the only health care 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: