Spinal and Extremity Manipulation
- Spinal manipulation is also called spinal manipulative therapy. It’s a technique where practitioners use
their hands or a device to apply a controlled thrust (that is, a force of a specific magnitude or degree
in a specific direction) to a joint of your spine. The amount of force can vary, but the thrust moves
the joint more than it would on its own. Spinal manipulation is different from spinal mobilization,
which doesn’t involve a thrust (and is performed within a joint’s natural range of motion and can be
controlled by the patient).
- Most spinal manipulations are done by chiropractors (chiropractic treatment often involves spinal
manipulation), although other licensed professionals including osteopathic physicians and physical
therapists also do spinal manipulations.
- Spinal manipulation is one of the most common complementary health approaches used by adults and
children in the United States, the 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) showed.