‘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)
- 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