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Spinal Manipulation

Dr. Ryan of Silver Bell Chiropractic in Eagan, Minnesota (MN) using the spinal manipulation treatment with a patient.

Spinal manipulation is a technique that is commonly used by chiropractors to treat a variety of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. This technique involves applying pressure to the spine to realign it and improve function. In this post, we will explore how chiropractors use spinal manipulation to treat patients and the benefits of spinal manipulation.


How Chiropractors Use Spinal Manipulation


  • Spinal manipulation is a technique that involves applying a controlled force to the spine to adjust its position and improve function. Chiropractors may use a variety of different techniques to perform spinal manipulation, including:

  • High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Thrusts - This technique involves a quick, high-velocity thrust to the spine, followed by a low-amplitude force. This technique is often used to treat conditions such as low back pain and neck pain.

  • Flexion-Distraction Technique - This technique involves using a special table that stretches and flexes the spine while applying gentle pressure. This technique is often used to treat conditions such as herniated discs and sciatica.

  • Articulatory Technique - This technique involves gently moving the joints of the spine through their full range of motion. This can help to improve mobility and reduce pain and stiffness.


Benefits of Spinal Manipulation


  1. Spinal manipulation can provide a number of benefits for patients, including:

  2. Reduced Pain - Spinal manipulation can help to reduce pain in the back, neck, and other areas of the body by realigning the spine and improving function.

  3. Improved Range of Motion - By improving the mobility of the spine, spinal manipulation can help patients move more freely and perform daily activities more easily.

  4. Improved Function - Spinal manipulation can help to improve the function of the nervous system, which can have a positive impact on overall health.

  5. Improved Posture - Spinal manipulation can help to improve posture by realigning the spine and reducing muscle tension.

  6. Non-Invasive - Unlike some other treatment options, spinal manipulation is non-invasive and does not require any medication or surgery.

  7. Cost-Effective - Spinal manipulation is often less expensive than other treatment options, making it a cost-effective choice for many patients.

  8. Safe - Spinal manipulation is generally considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed chiropractor.


Spinal manipulation is a powerful technique that can help patients reduce pain, improve function, and achieve better overall health. By using techniques like high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts, flexion-distraction, and articulatory techniques, chiropractors can help patients realign their spine and improve their overall well-being. If you are experiencing back pain, neck pain, or other symptoms, consider talking to a chiropractor about how spinal manipulation can help you feel better and live a healthier, more active life.

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