Chiropractic mobilization refers to the physical adjustment of soft tissue or joints in the body to relieve pain, improve range of motion or diagnose the source of discomfort. This type of manual therapy is also commonly used in the spine when the vertebral joints, or facet joints, have become stiff and are causing prolonged back or neck pain. Chiropractic mobilization is a hands-on therapy that is very precise and gradual, allowing the chiropractor to gently articulate the joint within its normal range of motion.
Mobilization versus manipulation
While often used interchangeably, chiropractic mobilization and chiropractic manipulation are actually different concepts. Manipulation is a quicker thrust that takes the joint or tissue beyond its typical range of motion to relieve pressure quickly. While mobilization is a gradual adjustment where the tissue is slowly adjusted to reduce tension.
The basic goal of chiropractic mobilization is to restore normal function to problematic joints in the body. This dysfunction can be caused by a wide variety of sources, including:
- Traumatic injury
- Sports-related injury
- Poor posture
- Spine degeneration
- Degenerative disc disease
Conservative treatments, like chiropractic mobilization, palpation, heat therapy, pain medication and physical therapy are usually first recommended when a patient is experiencing neck or back pain. For many patients, several weeks of nonsurgical treatment is all that is required to overcome their discomfort and get on with their lives. However, for some, pain persists despite conservative treatment, which is when surgery may be recommended.
If you are considering surgery to relieve your neck or back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the benefits of our minimally invasive spine surgery. While traditional open spine surgery requires hospitalization and lengthy rehabilitation, our procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis with less risk of complication and no lengthy recovery.^
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