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spinal manipulation

the forced passive flexion, extension, and rotation of vertebral segments, carrying the elements of articulation beyond the usual range of movement to the limit of anatomical range. Spinal manipulation may be used effectively in physiotherapy for the treatment of vertebral and sacroiliac dislocations, sprains, and adhesions.

spi·nal ma·nip·u·la·tion

(spī'năl mă-nip'yū-lā'shŭn)
Manual method of osseous movement using high-velocity techniques that take the joint beyond the passive-range end barrier (without exceeding the anatomic limit) to what is known as the paraphysiologic space.
Synonym(s): spinal manipulative therapy.

spinal manipulation

Manipulation of any of the spinal vertebrae, from the neck (the cervical spine) to the lower back (the lumbar spine). The procedure is commonly performed by chiropractors, osteopaths, and massage therapists.
See also: manipulation
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If you have back pain or another painful condition, seek a medical evaluation before pursuing acupuncture, spinal manipulation, or massage, to rule out any potentially serious conditions that might require other treatment.
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The American Chiropractic Association stresses that when an adverse reaction does occur, it is often the result of the procedure being performed by someone inadequately trained in spinal manipulation, rather than by a licensed chiropractor.
Spinal manipulation (SMT), a technique used by chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths and some medical doctors, is used to improve the range of motion of the joints in the spine.
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