Spinal manipulation is based on the theory that back pain is caused by problems with the muscles and other tissues in the spine and trunk region.
Spinal manipulation involves working on the head, shoulders, neck, back, or hips to help relieve back pain. It can range from massage and slow pressing to a quick thrust.
If you have tight muscles or muscles that spasm, your practitioner may first use heat, ultrasound, or electrical current to relax your muscles before manipulating your spine.
Practitioners who can do manipulation
Reference Chiropractors Opens New Window are not your only choice for providing spinal manual treatment. Other practitioners who can do this include:
- Reference Osteopaths Opens New Window.
- Reference Physiatrists Opens New Window.
- Reference Physical therapists Opens New Window.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 19, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics