Spinal Manual Therapy

Spinal Manual Therapy helps to relieve back pain, neck pain ranging from decreased muscle tension to reduced stress. Claims made for the benefits of spinal adjustments range from temporary, palliative (pain-relieving) effects to long term wellness and preventive care.

More about spinal manipulation therapy

Spinal manipulation intends to affect or correct the alignment, motion and/or function of a vertebral joint. Spinal manipulative therapy includes the z-joints, the atlanto-occipitalatlanto-axiallumbosacralsacroiliaccostotransverse and costovertebral joints. There are hundreds of different approaches that remain in practice today. These techniques include:

Benefits of Spinal Manual Therapy

Beyond pain relief, SMT offers a range of potential benefits, including:

  • Improved Range of Motion: Restricted movement in the spine can limit daily activities. SMT can help restore flexibility and range of motion, allowing for easier bending, twisting, and reaching.
  • Reduced Muscle Tension: Tight muscles can contribute to pain and discomfort. Spinal manipulations can help relax tense muscles, promoting better circulation and alleviating pain.
  • Enhanced Posture: Poor posture can strain the spine and lead to pain. SMT can help correct postural imbalances, promoting better spinal alignment and reducing pain.
  • Improved Nervous System Function: Some studies suggest SMT may influence the nervous system, potentially contributing to pain reduction and overall well-being.

Conditions Treated with Spinal Manual Therapy

SMT can be a valuable tool for addressing various musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Neck Pain: From stiffness to headaches arising from neck issues, SMT can help improve mobility and alleviate discomfort.
  • Lower Back Pain: A common concern, lower back pain often responds well to SMT, promoting pain relief and improved function.
  • Sciatica: The radiating pain down the leg from sciatica can be eased by addressing nerve impingement in the lower back, which SMT may help achieve.
  • Arthritis: While not a cure, SMT can help manage pain and stiffness associated with arthritis in the spine.

Spinal manual therapy offers a natural, non-invasive approach to managing pain, improving mobility, and enhancing overall well-being. If you’re struggling with pain or limited movement, consider exploring SMT as a potential solution. Remember, consulting with a qualified healthcare professional to determine if SMT is right for you is essential.