Joint Manipulation & Spinal Manipulation

What is Joint manipulation?

Joint manipulation is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint. It is usually aimed at one or more ‘target’ synovial joints with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect.

It is characteristically associated with the production of an audible ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound. This sound is believed to be the result of a phenomenon known as cavitation occurring within the synovial fluid of the joint. When a manipulation is performed, the applied force separates the articular surfaces of a fully encapsulated synovial joint. This deforms the joint capsule and intra-articular tissues, which in turn creates a reduction in pressure within the joint cavity.

In particular osteopaths have substantial training and supervision to perform these techniques safely and effectively.

The clinical effects of Joint Manipulation

These include:

  • Temporary relief of musculoskeletal pain.
  • Shortened time to recover from acute back sprains.
  • Temporary increase in passive range of motion (ROM).
  • Physiological effects upon the central nervous system.
  • No alteration of the position of the sacroiliac joint

Common Side Effects of Joint Manipulation

Common side effects of  are characterized as mild to moderate and may include: local discomfort, headache, tiredness, or radiating discomfort