Spinal Manipulation Physical Therapists
Hands-on manipulation of your lumbar or lower spine — and other joints that are painfully stiff or damaged — isn’t just a service you get at a chiropractor.
Your top rated physical therapist in Brooklyn is highly trained and experienced in spinal and joint manipulation.
You can get a referral from your physician if you were injured or are recovering from a procedure. Or you can call the practice directly. Physical therapists are experts in anatomy; they can resolve your back and joint pain. Spinal and joint manipulation is just one of the physical therapy techniques for back pain we offer in our physical therapy center in Brooklyn.
Pain in any area of your body can drastically reduce your quality of life. You lose the ability to function, and your work suffers because of it. Depression is a risk if you don’t get some relief quickly. Contact the therapists at TRI Physical Therapy in Brooklyn. They’ve got a wealth of functional treatments that get you back to your regular routines, as safely and quickly as possible.
Some of the most effective options your physical therapist offers are spinal and joint manipulation.
- Spinal manipulation, also called spinal manipulation therapy, is a technique that physical therapists use to deliver relief from low back pain.
- Joint manipulation is a similar treatment that aims to reduce pain and discomfort in joints such as your hips and shoulders.
Physical therapists are trained to identify weak areas in the body that require treatment for improved mobility and function. The goal of physical therapy is to help you regain your strength and ability to move freely. If you’ve been in an accident or experienced any type of injury, your New York City physical therapist may recommend spinal or joint manipulation to help you regain strength, relieve pain and improve your range of motion.
What Is Spinal and Joint Manipulation?
Joint manipulation is a manual physical therapy technique in which passive movement is applied to a joint using a quick motion.
This hands-on approach to relieving your pain is similar to the types of treatments provided by a chiropractor. It’s a hands-on procedure that’s about as old as physical therapy itself, known to have been used since at least the 1920s.
When you have spinal or joint manipulation, your physical therapist uses his hands or a device to apply pressure to a specific area. Physical therapists typically work in conjunction with your doctor following a medical procedure, often from a physician referral. Because spinal manipulation or joint manipulation may cause a cracking sound known as joint cavitation, you must rely on an experienced physical therapist to perform the treatments so you stay safe.
The Benefits of Spinal Manipulation Therapy
When you’re living with chronic joint pain, your physical therapist evaluates your injury or disease, including the location of your pain or stiffness. A personalized treatment plan follows that’s most likely to be effective in your case. In Brooklyn, your therapy team only provides individualized, one-on-one approaches to wellness. Your body is unique. And your needs and goals truly belong only to you.
If spinal manipulation or joint manipulation is part of your treatment plan, you can expect to receive a number of benefits, including:
- Increased circulation
- Pain relief
- Relief of pressure on your joints
- Improved muscle function
- Better ability to move
- Muscle relaxation
- Reduced inflammation
- Improved nerve function
Relieving Low Back Pain Using Spinal Manipulation
Back pain is extremely common and affects as many as eight of every 10 people. While it’s a relatively minor, short-term problem for some people, others develop chronic pain in their lower back that doesn’t go away. This pain can become debilitating, and for those who live with it, there’s often a dramatic reduction in their quality of life.
Manipulation of the lumbar spine, cervical spine or thoracic spine can ease pain and discomfort, particularly if you’ve been living with back pain four weeks or longer. Your NYC physical therapist first identifies which part of your spine needs to be manipulated, based on your symptoms. Additionally, manipulations usually are done in concert with other services offered at TRI Physical Therapy, such as:
- Shockwave therapy
- Active release therapy (ART)
- Trigger point therapy
- Fracture rehab
- Post-operative treatments
Safe Spinal and Joint Manipulation to Keep Your Body in Motion
Don’t be worried if you’re concerned that spinal and hip joint manipulation isn’t safe. If you’ve read about or heard horror stories about unethical and inexperienced chiropractors harming their patients, that’ not what happens at TRI Physical Therapy. The popping or cracking noises joints make when they’re manipulated may sound a bit intimidating or unnatural, but it’s a very natural process.
When your joint manipulation is done by a professional physical therapist with expert training, you get the best results in the safest environment. People with certain conditions, such as spinal cancer or osteoporosis, may not be candidates for this form of physical therapy, so be sure to tell your therapist about any and all of your existing medical conditions.
The lower lumbar region of your back is one of the most common parts of the body to benefit from manipulation, but joint manipulation may be as effective. For example, joint manipulation may be done in an effort to improve symptoms of tennis elbow and help if you’re recovering from other broken bones. Schedule your appointment today.