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Spinal manipulation has been used for thousands of years by different cultures all over the world as a time-honored way of treating a range of various health issues. Based on a combination of ancient Asian traditional treatments and Western anatomical science, spinal manipulation continues to evolve and be used as part of preventative or rehabilitative treatment programs. However, many people may not be familiar with the treatment method, and there are still certain misunderstandings that persist regarding what spinal manipulation is and what it does. Read on to learn more about spinal manipulation and how chiropractors use it to treat various bodily conditions. Consult with your doctor or visit a chiropractor to find out how spinal manipulation methods may help to optimize your health.
What Spinal Manipulation Is
Also commonly known as joint therapy, manual therapy, or spinal manipulative therapy, spinal manipulation is a treatment technique typically used by chiropractors, physical therapists, and other medical practitioners specializing in optimizing bodily function. Spinal manipulation is a technique that has been used in varying forms all around the globe in many different cultures and continents in order to treat a wide range of ailments. There is historical documentation suggesting that spinal manipulation was a technique widely utilized in Ancient Greece and Ancient China over three thousand years ago. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine in the Western world, mentions manual manipulation techniques in his fundamental studies of medicine. Spinal manipulation played a key role in traditional medicine across India, China, Indonesia, and much of East Asia, along with places such as Norway and Russia.
During the start of the modern medial era the popularity of spinal manipulation among the general population in the West has waxed and waned, but has been recently increasing in popularity as a totally holistic, drug-free way to induce optimal bodily function, correct misalignments, and improve overall health.
How Spinal Manipulation Works
There are several techniques employed with spinal manipulation. Two of the main spinal manipulation techniques are:
- Asserting a sudden but controlled force on a joint that often results in a popping sound
- Less sudden movements used to stretch and gently manipulate joints, muscles, and ligaments
Spinal Manipulation Benefits
Spinal manipulation can be used to treat conditions such as:
- Back pain
- Chronic pain (particularly back pain)
- Chronic migraines
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
Some of the benefits of spinal manipulation include:
- Not having to depend on pharmaceutical drugs- Spinal manipulation doesn’t require any foreign substances to manage pain
- Non-Invasive- Spinal manipulative is a totally holistic treatment method requiring zero surgery or ensuing downtime
- Improved range of motion- Spinal manipulation is often used to improve patient flexibility, which increases their overall range of motion and optimizes their ability to lead pain-free lives and accomplish everyday tasks
Contact Us Today
If you are looking for a totally holistic, drug-free, non-invasive way to treat certain bodily conditions or to improve your overall flexibility and health, spinal manipulation performed by an experienced chiropractor may help. Call Jimenez Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment!