by Alan Jordan
Spinal manipulation is very useful at treating back pain and it has been used for more than 2,000 years, since the days of Hippocrates. Over the past 100 years or so, this treatment has been taught to osteopaths and chiropractors and it has become common amongst physiotherapists during the last two or three decades too.
If you are suffering from lower back pain, then your chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist may include spinal manipulation in your treatment plan and it is a safe and effective treatment that is popular in many Western countries.
The Benefits of Spinal Manipulation
Spinal manipulation has been proven to provide the patient with temporary relief from the musculoskeletal pain they are experiencing. It also helps to shorten the time it takes to recover from acute lower back pain and aids the central nervous system.
Additionally, manipulation of the spine can temporarily increase the patient’s range of motion, make the surrounding soft tissue feel less tender and generally lower the levels of pain that the patient is experiencing.
Possible Side Effects
There are some mild to moderate side effects that can be experienced with spinal manipulation and they include headaches, tiredness, local discomfort and radiating discomfort.
This type of manipulation should only be carried out by an authorised practitioner following a previous assessment and physical examination.
If you are suffering from lower back pain, our team can devise a specially designed treatment plan that suits you individual needs and symptoms. To find out more, call 020 7638 4330 today.
The author of this blog, Dr Alan Jordan, is a director at Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic and you can find out more about his work here. More information about spinal manipulation can be found in our Broadgate Journal article.