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SPINAL MANIPULATION at Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC

​Did you put your back out? Does your neck feel like it just isn’t lined up right? Maybe you even hear cracking or popping noises when you move around. When that happens, spinal manipulation can be an effective treatment for several issues as part of your comprehensive rehabilitative or preventative treatment plan. 

Physiotherapists use many different techniques for spinal manipulation. Three of the primary techniques involve:

  • Sudden, controlled force on a joint. This often causes the (harmless) “popping” or “cracking” sound.
  • Less sudden movements to stretch and gently manipulate muscles, joints, and ligaments.

Spinal manipulation is used as part of the treatment for:

  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Chronic migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain

Spinal manipulation’s benefits also include:

  • Greater range of motion with increased flexibility.
  • Reduced pain without pharmaceuticals.
  • A non-invasive treatment that many times helps patients avoid surgery.

The physiotherapists at Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC, are qualified to perform spinal manipulations. They start by assessing your condition and only then determine if spinal manipulation would benefit you. If so, they will explain the procedure before they begin.

Does Spinal Manipulation Hurt?

There is little to no pain in spinal manipulation adjustments. You may feel or hear pops and cracks, but you shouldn’t feel any intense pain. Any pain is generally associated with your condition itself, so if you aren’t in pain beforehand, you won’t likely have any discomfort afterward. Sometimes you may find some mild soreness or minor aches after spinal manipulation as your muscles readjust to the new position of your spine.

Contact Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC

Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a highly trained physiotherapist at Terranova Physiotherapy in Richmond, BC. They will carefully assess your condition and discuss your medical history to determine whether or not spinal manipulation will be a helpful addition to your physiotherapy treatment plan.




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