Also known as the “adjustment”, this is the technique that uses either a gentle pressure or a high velocity, low amplitude thrust to help restore function and motion to a joint that has become limited or restricted. The manipulation also stimulates the nervous system to help reduce pain and relax local muscles.
It is well researched and documented that motion in joints is restored following a manipulation. In 1994, the U.S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research published this technique as a gold standard for treatment of low back pain.
More research has been done which supports the efficacy of manipulation therapy on neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, infantile colic, children’s ear infections, pregnancy related low back pain, and many more conditions.
Spinal manipulation can be used on infants, children, and during pregnancy, but does vary in its intensity and technique for such special populations. Spinal manipulation is an effective, safe, non-invasive technique which should be included in the conservative primary care for many causes of back and neck pain and other orthopedic and biomechanical conditions.
"Observational study found that low back pain patients receiving chiropractic care, which typically includes spinal manipulation, are more satisfied than those receiving medical care."
-New England Journal of Medicine