Understanding Spinal Manipulation

Physical therapists at Summit Physical Therapy describe spinal manipulation as a non-invasive procedure that involves the application of manual or mechanical force on the lumbar spine or cervical spine restoring its structural integrity, hence reducing pain and triggering the body’s natural healing process.

Spine Manipulation

Spinal manipulative therapy is a treatment technique that requires a high degree of skill thus is to be practiced by skilled and qualified professionals. This mainly revolves around spinal manipulation evaluation of which High Velocity Low Amplitude (HVLA) technique has mostly been relied on for decades due to its effectiveness.

HVLA spinal manipulation is a quick and effective way to remedy neurological and musculoskeletal issues such as headaches, lower back pain, migraines and neck pain. Physical therapists in Follansbee, WV agree that there are many forms of HVLA manipulation techniques (based on an individuals’ diagnosis by a doctor) but here we will focus on three most effective and commonly practiced forms.

The Diversified technique is a chiropractic manual adjustment procedure that is traditionally associated with high velocity, low amplitude thrust. It aims to restore normal range of motion in joints through the application of a single, short (low amplitude) and quick (high velocity) thrusts on specific restricted joints.

The Gonstead technique, just like the Diversified technique, the pressure intensity and duration are exactly the same. The difference is; they place more emphasis on determining and isolating the source of the problem. A special table (cervical chair or chest-knee table) is used to aid in performing this process. The importance of the table is that it gives the chiropractor access to the specific section of the musculoskeletal that is to be manipulated.

The Thompson Terminal Point technique also involves the use of special treatment tables that drop a notch during the HVLA thrust to aid in the movement of the joint. This is a gentler adjustment approach because the popping sound of the joints being positioned may or may not occur.

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