Manipulation is defined as a form of manual therapy, which involves movement of a joint past its usual end range of motion. This can be applied to any joint. The patient is first positioned in a way that the involved joint or joints can be isolated from the others. Then, the doctor uses his hands to apply a gentle force to the joint. This moves the joint surfaces, and usually results in a popping sound.
Many times, back and neck pain is the result of joints that are not moving properly. Imagine a door that only opens halfway because of a stuck hinge. You could still use it, but it is more troublesome than a door that opens fully.
What Benefits Are Derived From Joint Mobilization and Manipulation?
- Pain relief from endorphin release
- Increased blood flow outside of and nutrients within the joint
- Neuromuscular retraining for improved range of motion
- Decreased muscle spasms & tension
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