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Spinal Manipulation is a specialised treatment of pain & dysfunction. This treatment will comprise of mobilisation techniques first with a continuum of skilled passive movements to the spine & joint complex that are applied at varying speeds & amplitudes with the intent to restore optimal motion, function & / or reduce pain & stiffness. Followed by the manipulation techniques of HVT (High Velocity Thrust) or Grade 5 to achieve a joint cavitation that is accompanied by the cracking sound.

Spinal manipulation is a technique that treats back pain, neck pain & other musculoskeletal conditions via the application of force to the spinal joints, with the idea being that such treatment of dysfunctional areas in the spine can restore the spine's structural integrity, reduce pain & initiate the body's natural healing processes.

Spinal manipulation techniques are forced passive flexion, extension, & rotation of the vertebral segments, carrying the elements of articulation beyond the usual range of movement to the limit of the anatomical range. Manipulation is a passive technique where the therapist applies a specifically directed manual impulse, or thrust, to a joint, at or near the end of the passive (or physiological) range of motion. This is often accompanied by an audible 'crack' which is a cavitation. 

The common feature of spinal manipulation techniques is the fact they achieve a pop or cracking sound within the synovial joints. The cause of this audible release is widely accepted to represent cavitation of a spinal facet joint. When there is lower pressure than normal in the facet joint, gas bubbles are being formed in the joint. At the moment that the pressure rises, the bubble implodes, this is called the cavitation. 

Who will benefit from spinal manipulation? Anyone who generally has mechanical pain, muscular dysfunctions, joint pain, joint stiffness, arthritis, returning to chosen sport/activity will benefit from joint mobilisations & manipulations of the spine., & many more.

Spinal manipulation techniques may be used within your sports therapy or sports massage treatment.

If you would like to have this treatment on its own, please do get in touch and I will be able to advise you.

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