Manipulative therapy

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‘Osteopathic manipulation’ or ‘chiropractic adjustments’ are different terms used to describe manipulative therapy.

As a treatment manipulation attempts to improve joint range of motion and balance tissue and muscle mechanics in order to relieve pain.

Manipulation techniques which are commonly employed include:

  • HVLA (high velocity low-amplitude) – the classic ‘thrust’ technique
  • MET (muscle energy techniques)
  • Strain-counterstrain
  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Myofascial release

Some or all these techniques may be employed to effect the following:

  • Treat structural and tissue abnormalities (vertebrae, muscles, myofascial structures, etc.)
  • Relieve joint restriction and misalignment
  • Restore muscle and tissue balance

To read more on the efficacy of spinal manipulation as a treatment for undiagnosed low back pain click here: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov