Spinal Manipulation

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What is Spinal Manipulation?

Spinal manipulation is a hands-on therapeutic procedure performed by a doctor of chiropractic. This technique involves applying controlled, sudden force to a specific joint of the spine, aiming to improve physical function and alleviate pain.

Benefits of Spinal Manipulation

Recent research highlights the effectiveness of spinal manipulation in treating various musculoskeletal conditions:

  1. Pain Relief: A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that spinal manipulation is effective in reducing acute low back pain. The study reported significant improvements in pain and function over both the short and long term .

  2. Improved Function: Research in the journal Spine demonstrated that spinal manipulation can improve overall function and mobility. Participants with chronic neck pain experienced increased range of motion and reduced disability following chiropractic care .

  3. Headache Reduction: Spinal manipulation has also been shown to be beneficial for individuals suffering from tension-type headaches and migraines. A systematic review in the journal Headache found that this treatment can reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches .

  4. Enhanced Quality of Life: According to a study in the European Spine Journal, patients who received spinal manipulation reported higher levels of satisfaction and quality of life compared to those who received other forms of treatment .

How Does It Work?

Spinal manipulation involves precise movements applied to the spine, which can help to:

  • Relieve pressure on joints: By mobilizing the joints, spinal manipulation can reduce pressure, leading to decreased pain and inflammation.
  • Improve nerve function: This technique can help to enhance nerve communication throughout the body, promoting overall health and well-being.
  • Increase circulation: Improved blood flow to the affected area can facilitate healing and reduce muscle tension.

What to Expect During Your Visit

During your chiropractic visit at Resilience Chiropractic, our skilled practitioners will:

  1. Conduct a thorough assessment to understand your health history and specific needs.
  2. Use our hands to apply a controlled force to your spine.
  3. Customize the treatment to ensure it is safe and effective for your particular condition.

Is Spinal Manipulation Safe?

Safety is a top priority at Resilience Spine & Sports Rehab. Spinal manipulation is generally considered safe when performed by a licensed and trained doctor of chiropractic. Most patients experience immediate relief, though some may have mild soreness or discomfort, similar to what you might feel after a workout. This usually resolves within 24-48 hours. Your doctor will discuss with you all potential side effects and any known risks prior to any treatment. 

Spinal manipulation is a well-researched and effective treatment for a variety of conditions affecting the spine and musculoskeletal system. We utilize this "tool" to help our patients achieve better health and improved quality of life. If you're experiencing pain or limited function, consider making an appointment with us to explore how spinal manipulation can benefit you.


  1. Paige, N. M., Miake-Lye, I. M., Booth, M. S., Beroes, J. M., Mardian, A. S., & Sadeghi-Nejad, A. (2017). Association of spinal manipulative therapy with clinical benefit and harm for acute low back pain: Systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA, 317(14), 1451-1460. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.3086.

  2. Gross, A. R., Miller, J., D’Sylva, J., Burnie, S. J., Goldsmith, C. H., Graham, N., ... & Myers, C. D. (2010). Manipulation or mobilisation for neck pain: A Cochrane Review. Spine, 35(21), 2111-2118. doi:10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181d77c77.

  3. Bryans, R., Descarreaux, M., Duranleau, M., Marcoux, H., Potter, B., Ruegg, R., ... & White, E. (2011). Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with headache. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 34(5), 274-289. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2011.04.008.

  4. Rubinstein, S. M., Terwee, C. B., Assendelft, W. J. J., de Boer, M. R., & van Tulder, M. W. (2013). Spinal manipulative therapy for acute low-back pain. European Spine Journal, 22(3), 478-491. doi:10.1007/s00586-012-2447-8.