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Why Is Spinal Mobilization So Important?

By November 11, 2017 - 9:36am

Spinal mobilization’s main goal is similar to HVLA spinal manipulation. It is mainly used for enhancing and restoring the function of your joint or joints. This option to use spinal mobilization selected by chiropractors for some patients can be due to different reasons.

These reasons may include those listed below.

It’s what the patient prefers.

Some patients that have a nervous system that is sensitive. They can benefit better from techniques that are gentle such as these in order to prevent their bodies from over-reacting and causing reactive spasms of the muscles.

It is used for patients with medical conditions that may include inflammatory arthritis, certain deformities, bone pathologies, and osteoporosis.

Chiropractors can also decide to use spinal mobilization when a patient experiences a conditioning stage that is acute and experiences pain that is severe.

Methods of spinal mobilization

Different spinal mobilization techniques and approaches are available. Some common methods that are gentle may include the following listed below.

Cox flexion-distraction

It’s a technique that involves adjustments that are gentle and designed specifically to adjust your vertebrae. This involves applying a stretch that is gentle onto your lower spine, normally in a repetitive series of movements that is slow, much the same as a motion of rocking.

Activator method

The Activator is a manual, spring-loaded, hand-held tool which provides an impulse of low-force. A patient will lie on an adjustment table face down for this procedure. The chiropractor will evaluate the length of their leg, and perform testing on the muscles to adjust their extremity joints or spine by using this Activator tool.

McKenzie technique

In this case, the position that is preferred by the patient can be used for facilitating reduction of pain.

Toggle drop

This treatment makes use of a drop table. There are various sections within this table that may be dropped and raised, depending on the area of the patient’s spinal adjustment. Using his/her hands crossed over each other, your chiropractor will press down firmly and quickly on specific spine areas while the drop table section falls so the advantage of gravity is used for applying an adjustment.

SOT/Sacro-Occipital Technique

Using this treatment involves placing blocks or wedges under a patient’s pelvis. It is done to allow gravity combined with the additional assistance of a low force applied through the chiropractor to re-align the pelvis.

Release work

With applying pressure that is gentle using his/her fingertips, a chiropractor can separate vertebrae’s that is misaligned in order to restore them to a natural position.

Chiropractic techniques of manipulation

Chiropractors will adapt plans of treatment to meet every patient’s specific needs. Usually, chiropractic treatments can either involve less forceful and some forceful techniques of spinal adjustments. These can be included during one visit, or sometimes a treatment course of between six to ten visits will be required for a specific patient.

HVLA/High-Velocity Low-Amplitude Thrust spinal manipulation

This chiropractic technique is used most frequently for spinal manipulation. Most of the time, it results in a loud pop sound. This sound is due to the chiropractor using his/her hands for applying a sudden force onto the joint resulting in the joint popping back into place. It will only be done when a patient’s body is specifically positioned within a certain way to ensure specific results.

Gentle or low-force chiropractic techniques with spinal mobilization

Sometimes due to conditions like a patient’s preference, comfort, size, pathology, or condition, it might require an approach that is gentler than normal. This procedure is known as spinal mobilization.

Additionally, this is used when certain patients or/and the chiropractor prefers a milder technique which won’t involve any forceful thrusting or twisting of a patient’s body.

Except for mobilization and manipulation treatments, some chiropractors might use other adjunctive therapies. These can include heat or ice, as well as different modalities of physical therapies including ultrasound, electric stimulation, etc. These may form a part of their plan for treatment.

It’s important for a patient to discuss their preferences and symptoms with the chiropractor. His/her role will be to do a proper examination for determining what the best treatment course may be for a patient. If you are not sure about what the treatment entitles, ask your doctor to help you to understand.

Additionally, you could also try some remodeling at home to suit your needs.

Remember, chiropractors won’t be the only providers in the healthcare industry to use spinal mobilization or manipulation for treating back pain. Most osteopathic doctors can also provide different kinds of treatments for spinal adjustments like these procedures described above.

Sometimes, other kinds of professionals in health care such as physiatrists or physical therapists will also be experienced and trained to provide these treatments.

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