Patient Info

What is Manipulation?

Manipulation is treatment using the doctor’s hands to apply body leverage and a physical thrust to one joint or a group of related joints to restore joint and related tissue function. Through the use of manipulation, the doctor seeks to provide relief from symptoms, improve joint and muscle function, and speed recovery. Spinal manipulation is the most common form of manipulation. Manipulation should not be confused with other forms of manual therapy such as mobilization and massage. Is

Spinal Manipulation Effective?

Yes! As more of the benefits and safety of spinal manipulation are made public, it is becoming more universally recognized as a safe and effective choice for the care of back problems. In a recent study, a panel of health care experts analyzed the scientific evidence available on all methods of examination and treatment used for acute adult low back problems and formed conclusions regarding their appropriateness and effectiveness. Among their most significant conclusions, they confirmed that spinal manipulation is a safe and effective initial form of treatment for this problem. This panel also strongly recommended that both doctors and patients consider using the most conservative treatment approach first for this common problem. Spinal manipulation is a drugless, nonsurgical (conservative) approach to the treatment of back pain and its related disorders.

Is Spinal Manipulation Safe?

Yes! When administered by a qualified doctor who is well trained and experienced in the use of spinal manipulation, it is one of the safest drugless, nonsurgical procedures available. Clinical surveys show that complications from manipulation are rare. So low, in fact, that doctors who perform manipulation have the lowest malpractice insurance costs of all practicing doctors. This means that when manipulation is performed by a Doctor of Chiropractic, the potential risk of complications from manipulation is at its lowest. A word of caution. Spinal manipulation is as much an art as it is a clinical science. It should not be used by unskilled persons. As more people become aware of manipulation’s effectiveness, unlicensed or untrained persons might believe they too can use it safely and effectively. For your own safety, when selecting a doctor to provide manipulation for your back problem, be sure you choose a chiropractic doctor who is well trained and experienced in this form of care.

Which Doctors are Most Skilled at Manipulation?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are the public’s first choice of doctors for treatment using manipulation. The DC’s clinical expertise is derived from his/her training and the clinical experience gained from spending over 85% of his/her daily practice in the differential diagnosis of the patient’s complaint and the management of neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) disorders. The DC’s training and experience enable him/her to identify those health problems that are most likely to be responsive to chiropractic management and to administer the appropriate treatment personally.