Manipulation is a high speed movement usually performed on the neck or back. It is performed to reduce pain and improve flexibility. It is the type of treatment often associated with Osteopaths as well as Chiropractors. It is a short, thrust treatment performed at the end of your available range of movement and this approach is often used to break down scar tissue/adhesions, remove a blockage in the joint and to restore full joint movement.
Manipulation is often used following heat, massage or mobilisation in order to relax the tissues optimally prior to manipulation. It is just one of the many skills used within our clinic and is rarely used as a stand-alone approach. A full and thorough clinical assessment is made at the start of treatment which allows the physiotherapist to use a combined approach in the management of inflammation, pain, to aid recovery and enhance rehabilitation.
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