Spinal manipulation, also known as spinal adjustment, is a therapeutic manipulation of the spine used for treating pain and discomfort in the back or neck. To perform spinal manipulation, the therapist applies pressure or force with their hands or a device to the effected portion of the spine. Any “popping” or cracking that can be heard is not from the therapist “cracking bones”, as commonly believed, but from the release of gas or air bubbles from the joints. Spinal manipulation is generally gentle and usually accompanied by heat and massage to the area.
Common symptoms or complaints:
- Pain and discomfort in neck or back
- Loss of motion in neck or back
How does treatment help?
- Decreases or eliminates pain and discomfort
- Increases motion
- Improved physical function