Also known as ‘diversified technique’, spinal manipulation is the method most traditionally associated with chiropractic, and uses a biomechanics model to analyse and treat the body.
The spine - and other joints if necessary - are assessed in relation to movement to determine where the manipulation should be carried out. After careful testing and palpation, a quick, specific manual thrust is administered to the spinal joint by hand. The direction, speed, depth and angle that is used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal biomechanics.
Commonly with this technique a small popping noise can be heard, as the tension releases and the joint frees up. In turn, the nervous system is stimulated and the body is able to continue to heal more effectively.
This technique can be particularly effective for those with chronic stiffness, and can improve movement and flexibility in the body, as well as helping to remove irritation from around the spinal nerves.