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Spinal manipulation is based on the theory that back pain
is caused by problems with the muscles and other tissues in the spine and trunk
Spinal manipulation involves working on the head, shoulders, neck, back, or hips to help relieve back pain. It can range from massage and slow pressing to a quick thrust.
If you have tight muscles or muscles that spasm, your practitioner may
first use heat, ultrasound, or electrical current to relax your muscles before
manipulating your spine.
Manipulation may not be right for you if you have nerve-related problems that are very severe or getting worse.1, 2
Chiropractors are not your only choice for providing spinal
Other practitioners who can do this include:
Binder A (2008). Neck pain, search date May 2007.
Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
McIntosh G, Hall H (2011). Low back pain (acute), search date December 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
November 19, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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