What?


Spinal Manipulation is a type of therapy practiced by various specialists such as osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapist to treat spinal dysfunctions and musculoskeletal pain. This non-invasive treatment holds many benefits including restoring muscle and tissue balance, increase flexibility, enhance nerve function and improve posture.

Why?


Many people suffer from various degrees of numbness, sharp pain and tingling sensations. This is caused by a pinched nerve which is caused by a misaligned spine. A misaligned spine eventually affects the connected muscles, ligaments and joints.

How?


A manipulation is a high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) thrust which is applied perpendicularly to a synovial joint which creates a separation of the joint surface thus producing a cavitation (cracking sound).

Restore Normal Movement With Spinal Manipulation


At SMSM Therapy, Spinal Manipulation is practiced by a regulated OMT Manual Therapy Manipulator with experience of handling over 1000 treatments. Spinal manipulation has been a safe and effective means of treating a variety of biomechanical problems of the spine. Pain relief is one of the main benefits from spinal manipulation, improvements may even be felt immediately after.

So what is a pinched nerve? Lets start from the beginning. Your spinal cord is a long cord which runs from the top of your brain stem to the length of your spine below. From here, small thin nerves reach different muscles, organs and glands around the body. These pairs of spinal nerves are located on each side of a vertebral column. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves all together. From having poor posture over time your spine can become misaligned, putting pressure on the spinal disc and eventually on the nerves. The nerve can impact your sensory glands (sensations i.e numbness, pain, tingling), motor system (muscles i.e flexibility, strength) or even organs (heart, lungs, eyes etc).

Optimal flexibility can be limited by joints within the spinal column because of joint compression over time due to pressure. This can sometimes feel like a stiff or dull ache deep inside. This can shorten and tighten muscles and ligaments that surround the spinal column and very well change the structure of your spine for the worse. Spinal manipulation allows the joint to go past its normal end range but safe enough to not surpass its anatomical end range of motion. This is turn will loosen deep muscles and ligaments which surround the spine, thus increasing flexibility.

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