Joint manipulation is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at one or more ‘target’ synovial joints with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect using high velocity low amplitude (HVLA) thrusting maneuvers.

Joint manipulation is normally associated with the making of ‘pop’ or ‘click’ sound. This sound is believed to be the result of a phenomenon known as cavitation. When a joint manipulation is performed, the applied force separates the articular surfaces of the joint. This deforms the joint capsule and intra-articular tissues, which in turn creates a reduction in pressure within the joint cavity. In the low pressure environment, some of the gases that are dissolved in the synovial fluid, create a bubble or cavity. It rapidly collapses upon itself, resulting in a ‘clicking’ sound.

The clinical effects of joint manipulation have been shown to include:

  • Relief of musculoskeletal pain
  • Unlocks joints, e.g. stiff neck/acute back sprains
  • Improves joint range of motion

Common side effects of spinal joint manipulation therapy are characterized as mild to moderate and may include:

  • local discomfort
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • radiating discomfort.

Spinal Joint Manipulation is performed for certain conditions only.

Treatment Sessions are offered in clinics across Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes or at Home Environment.

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