Spinal Manipulation Therapy
Spinal manipulation, also called spinal manipulative therapy or manual therapy, combines moving and jolting joints, massage, exercise, and physical therapy. It’s designed to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function. It’s often used to treat back, neck, shoulder, and headache pain.
Spinal manipulation has been shown to be safe and effective for certain forms of acute onset neck and back pain, as well as for longer lasting or recurring musculoskeletal disorders.
The goal of spinal manipulation is to reduce pain in and restore function to mechanical disorders of the spinal column. Spinal manipulation has been shown to be most effective when coupled with active treatments, such as stretching and exercise, as well as lifestyle modifications.
A manual physical therapist will use a number of different hands-on techniques as part of their treatment. These may include massage, other soft-tissue mobilization techniques, joint mobilizations, manual stretching, and joint manipulation, etc. An Osteopractor has and uses all those skills along with Dry Needling which is similar to acupuncture and Tool- or Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Techniques, meaning we use metal (sometimes other) tools to get specific soft tissue treatments, as well as Cupping, etc. Basically and Osteopractor is a Physical Therapist, Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, Acupuncturist, and Chiropractor all rolled into one!