Human movement is dependent on the amount of range of motion (ROM) available in synovial joints. In general, ROM may be limited by 2 anatomical entities: joints and muscles. This technique is aimed at quickly moving a restricted joint into the direction of its restriction in order to improve mobility of that joint. Sometime a click or a pop is heard during this technique, but not always. It is used mostly when other forms of treatment have not mobilised the tissues enough. However it not only improves joint mobility but also resets muscles surrounding the joint which may have been under too much tension before. Forms of this technique are used by all physical therapists including Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and sport massage therapists such as myself. It has its uses and is very successful in some cases, but it is not the only form of treatment. The goal of the treatment is to relieve pain and improve physical functioning. Spinal Manipulation has been shown to temporary increase in passive range of motion. Physiological effects on the central nervous system, probably at the segmental level and relaxes the surrounding tissues.

Side Effects and Risks

Reviews have concluded that spinal manipulation for low-back pain is relatively safe when performed by a trained and licensed practitioner. The most common side effects are generally minor and include feeling tired or temporary soreness. These effects should only last between 24 and 48 hours. Spinal manipulation is also known as High-velocity low amplitude {HVLA) manipulative therapy and as ‘adjustment’ and Grade V mobilisation depending on the professional context.



Spinal Manipulation Testimonials

  • “Back, neck and shoulder really needed a good sort out and Ben has done a brilliant job with his wide range of skills and experiences. Thoroughly recommended”

  • “I went to see Ben because I have been suffering chronic back- and neck pains. I have visited Ben so far six sessions, and difference in my back is remarkable.