How Spinal Manipulation Is Used in Pain Management

How Spinal Manipulation Is Used in Pain Management

May 18, 2020

Spinal manipulation, also known as chiropractic manipulation or manual manipulation, is an old practice that has been practiced for thousands of years. It has evolved ever since, and now it has been modernized and is even more efficient in alleviating and managing pain.

There are millions of Americans each year seeking long-lasting solutions to chronic-lower back pain, shoulder pain, and headaches, among other musculoskeletal problems. More than half of the patients who seek our chiropractor in Shiloh, IL receive manipulation therapy for back pain.

Comprehending Spinal Manipulation

Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care is not just about “popping joints,” but it seeks to improve your overall health. Pain that you feel is due to distorted movement, a condition known as subluxation. The heart of spinal manipulation is to reduce the subluxation, increase, and restore mobility to the affected joints.

Some of the techniques employed are designed to resolve joint inflammation.

In chiropractic care, there are well over 100 forms of adjustment techniques used globally by chiropractors. But, most chiropractors employ a maximum of 10 methods.

Manipulation Techniques

The beauty of chiropractic care is that treatment is personalized. This means that each patient is treated according to the uniqueness of their problem. Even though five different patients walk through our doors seeking shoulder pain treatment, they will not receive a one-size-fits-all sort of therapy.

Irrespective of the need, all the manipulation therapies we employ, most of them fall under two umbrella techniques. These techniques encompass most of the methods used in pain management. For clarity, you have to differentiate between spinal manipulation and spinal mobilization.

Spinal Manipulation

By far, this is the widely used chiropractic technique for the treatment of various musculoskeletal problems. It is also known as the high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust. This technique is known to treat various conditions like:

  • Neck pain
  • Cervicogenic (neck-related- headaches
  • Migraine
  • Back pain
  • Whiplash associated conditions

In a nutshell, all the techniques used in spinal manipulation are characterized by the use of sudden force on the troubled area or joint.

There are many types of spinal manipulation techniques that our chiropractor in Shiloh, IL, can use. Here are some of them:

  • Gonstead Adjustment

In this technique, there are specially designed tables and chairs that are used to position the patient to help in locating the problematic joint. Then our chiropractor performs a short and quick thrust on the joint.

  • Diversified Technique

This technique is characterized by the low-amplitude (short), high-velocity (quick) thrust over the problematic joints one by one. Your body will be positioned in specific ways to ensure that the spine is adjusted correctly.

  • Drop Technique

The technique is also known as the Thompson Terminal Point Technique. The method employs the use of treatment tables that have sections that drop during the thrust to allow for joint movement. The technique can be used in the place of the traditional HVLA thrust or can be used together with HVLA adjustment.

Spinal Mobilization

Like spinal manipulation, the whole idea is to enhance and restore joint function. The only difference is that spinal mobilization is a much gentler method typically characterized by the slow movement to the spine.

This technique is appropriate for:

  • Patients who prefer spinal mobilization over HVLA thrust techniques.
  • Patients who have sensitive nervous systems to avoid unwanted overreaction that causes muscle spasms
  • Patients who will have adverse effects from HVLA thrust techniques like people who have osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis, and bone pathology
  • Patients who are in severe pain because they are in the acute stages of their disease
  • Patients who are obese will have some difficulty in positioning and hence make it challenging to perform HVLA techniques.

Amongst the vast number of methods of spinal mobilization, here are the most used techniques:

  • Activator Method

This method employs the use of a machine known as the activator. This is a manual, hand-held machine that releases a low force impulse on the problem area. It adjusts the spine, performs muscle testing, and evaluates leg length.

  • Toggle Drop

When you are lying on a special treatment table, our chiropractor using crossed hands will press down firmly and quickly on a section of your back while the table drops. This drop causes the adjustment to happen.

  • Cox Flexion-distraction

This method involves the gentle adjustment of your vertebrae. Your lower spine is given a gentle stretch in repetitive slow movements.

The non-invasive nature of spinal manipulation makes it one of the best methods of alleviating pain. If you need a chiropractor near you that accepts Medicare, contact Shiloh Chiropractic, and we will help alleviate and manage your pain.

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