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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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Spinal manipulation is commonly practised by chiropractors and osteopaths and is a popular type of manual treatment for back and neck pain, with an estimated 16,000 licensed chiropractors in the UK.
No trial found spinal manipulation to be inferior to the comparison treatment.
But when Koren finds articles in scientific journals that suggest spinal manipulations can help relieve ailments other than back pain, he wants to be able to say so.
Known scientifically as spinal manipulation, the technique involves the application of various types of thrusts to the lumbar spine for the lower back or cervical spine for the neck to reduce back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE 2009) suggest that spinal manipulation, offered by Chiropractors, is often a very effective long term solution for relieving back pain.
For patients in whom pain persists, nonpharmacologic approaches such as exercise and spinal manipulation may be tried, along with other "interdisciplinary" approaches such as acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or progressive relaxation therapy.
Current evidence suggests that spinal manipulation, a central component of chiropractic treatment, may provide benefit in some cases of low back and neck pain [5-6].
Patients in South Wales can be assured that SWOS is approaching the Welsh Assembly Government and local health boards to discuss how the Nice guidelines can best be put into practice so that GPs can readily refer appropriate cases for spinal manipulation funded by the NHS.
Osteopathy One of the few regulated therapies, this method of spinal manipulation has been shown to be as effective as standard treatment for low-back pain only.
Massage therapy, chiropractic, spinal manipulation or other bodywork (used by 45 percent of respondents), closely followed by herbal products or dietary supplements (42 percent of respondents).