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Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation is a skilled manual therapy technique that involves quick movements in a small range of motion (high velocity low amplitude HVLA) with subsequent cavitations or ‘cracking/popping’ of the spinal joints resulting in rapid reduction in pain and improvement in motion.

Spinal manipulations (AKA adjustments) have been demonstrated, with recent research, to have superior outcomes in pain and disability (improved ROM/function) when compared to traditional treatments. The current best practice for treating neuro-musculo-skeletal dysfunction is a combination of dry needling and spinal manipulation. Spinal pain and dysfunction are changed at the local level (facet joint) with manipulation, which affects the nerves that innervate the region. Dry needling facilitates deep muscle function in order to restore normal patterns. The resultant combination of dry needling and spinal manipulation result in superior outcomes when compared to a singular treatment.

Our approach to spinal manipulation may be different than previous experiences. It is performed in mid-ROM, which means less stress on soft tissues and joints, resulting in pain-free manipulations. This ultimately means a more enjoyable experience with quick return to a pain-free life.

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