Spinal manipulation is one technique from the spectrum of manual therapies that is most often used to treat pain in the neck or back, although it also can relieve discomforts of the musculoskeletal system, which includes all of our joints and muscles throughout the body. This therapy uses mobilization and manipulation techniques to help restore full movement to restricted joints, as well normal elasticity to muscles and other soft tissues. Restoring mechanical and soft tissue balance benefits the structures of the entire body and its physiological mechanisms.
Numerous studies have investigated the effects of spinal manipulation for lower back or neck pain. Although the results are mixed, several studies have shown that, generally, spinal manipulation is a safe and effective alternative or complement to drugs and surgery traditionally used to treat these conditions. Research also has shown that patients with neck or back pain who receive spinal manipulation recover faster and use less medication and physical therapy, reducing both costs to the patient, as well as the risks associated with the use of anti inflammatory drugs NSAIDS, which are commonly prescribed for spine related pain.