When you visit a chiropractor to have your back or neck pain treated, one of the most common tools your chiropractor will utilize is manual manipulation. Your chiropractor might also refer to it as “adjustment” rather than “manipulation,” but just as the title suggests, this procedure involves using the hands to flex, mobilize, and/or adjust a spinal joint in order to correct any abnormalities in the joint and relieve pain, stiffness, swelling, or other symptoms.
What Will it Do?
The reason your chiropractor will utilize manual manipulation is to attempt to correct the function, motion, or alignment of one or more of your problematic spinal joints. Chiropractors call the misalignment in the joints of your spine a “vertebral subluxation.” When your vertebrae become misaligned and exert pressure on the surrounding nerves, it can result in tingling, stiffness, weakness, and pain. By realigning the problematic vertebrae using manual manipulation, your chiropractor will seek to put these symptoms to rest.
What Can I Expect?
When you visit your chiropractor for manual manipulation, the procedure typically causes no pain. Some patients experience minor stiffness or aches in the days after their appointment while the spine adjusts to the new alignment, but manual manipulation is often an effective – yet temporary – treatment for acute lower back pain, neck pain, and other common aches and pains.
However, if manual manipulation, other chiropractic procedures, medications, stretching, or other conservative treatments haven’t helped ease your back or neck pain due to a pinched nerve, foraminal stenosis, a bulging disc, or any of a number of degenerative spine conditions, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We perform a variety of revolutionary outpatient procedures that may help you rediscover your life without back or neck pain.