Spinal manipulation is a manual therapy technique involving high-velocity, low-amplitude thrusts to the spine and other joints to relieve pressure, pain and help restore mobility.

What is spinal manipulation?

Spinal manipulation is a technique where physical therapists apply a controlled thrust, either manually or with a device, to a joint of the spine. The amount of force varies depending on the type of manipulation being used. Our therapists utilize a low amplitude, high-velocity approach.

What are the benefits?

Spinal manipulation can reduce pain and improve joint mobility. It can be used as a treatment for headaches and other spine-related conditions, such as neck or low back pain. When your neck and back joints start moving better, you start feeling better.


Our Frequently Asked Questions give answers to the questions many of our new patients have before coming in for their first visit.

Is a “pop” in my spine necessary for results?

Studies show that low amplitude, gentle, mobilization techniques have as good or better results. Your physical therapist will assess your spinal mobility and pain to determine whether a cavitation (pop) is the most effective technique to improve your pain and mobility.