Manipulation is a technique involving a controlled, small isolated thrust to a joint. The joint is usually placed at the end of its movement, and the manipulation gives a therapeutic effect to the joint structures and surrounding soft tissues.
There may be a popping sound as a small suction pressure within the joint is released. This is normal and is the same as cracking your knuckles. The aim is to reduce pain and restore normal joint and soft tissue function – which is a mixture of spin, roll and glide.
Manipulation is very technical and the experience and quality of the physiotherapist makes a difference. Assessing which joints need manipulation, the order and type of manipulation, is a learned skill and The Physio Studio has very experienced Manipulative Physiotherapists covering Wokingham, Bracknell and the surrounding area.
- Normalises joint range of motion
- Can improve joint stiffness
- Releases endorphins which are natural pain relievers
- Is less irritating than repeated movements into pain
- Can kick start the body’s own pain mechanisms to help reduce painful joints
- Relieves spinal pain including cervical headaches
- Reduces protective muscle spasm.