There are several forms of manual therapy around today that have stood the either the test of time or recent research has unveiled its benefits. My PT practices several Manual Therapy skills and here are the most effective:
|Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization|
|Percussion Massage Therapy|
Spinal Manipulation for Neck and Back Stiffness.
The neck and back are put under stress everyday. When stress builds up and it presents as stiffness in the neck and back. Posture plays a large role in where the stiffness ends up, especially when we are focused on something other than our body awareness.
For example, where the head goes, the body follows. And where the eyes go the head follows. The problem nowadays comes from not paying attention to our posture when we become sucked into the sexy-blue light of electronic devices & TV screens. There are plenty of lifestyle reasons to pick on, but at the end of the day you need to something to take the pressure off your neck and back.
Spinal Manipulation helps with neck and back stiffness. It can be provide an instant relief when performed by a trained professional, using a safe technique, only when it’s appropriate. It can be used both as treatment and examination.
What happens during a spinal manipulation?
The facet joint surfaces in the spine are like two blocks sliding back & forth, congruently held at a specific angle. Sometimes the pressure around a facet joint builds internally. This is due to compression from gravity, muscle tension, or impact. Now, two theories suggest the cartilage in the joint becomes displaced or a pocket of gas is created by the joint. The manipulation happens when the stuck segment is moved quickly through a stretch directed at the capsule by an small impulse. The result is a sound of “pop,” “snap”, or “crack” followed by “Ahhhhhh”.
How long does the feeling of relief last after the “Ahhhhhh”?
The release is immediate & relief can last 20 minutes to a couple of days.
Why would you use a Spinal Manipulation?
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Stiffness in the back
- Hip & knee pain
- Bad posture