Spinal Manipulation In Tarrytown

Spinal mobilization and manipulation can relieve pressure on the joints, reduce inflammation and improve nerve function. This form of manual therapy focuses on improving and optimizing the function of the spine.

Your spine is an extremely important part of your body. It protects your spinal cord, allows you to breathe properly, and allows you to move. Your spine’s health is linked to almost all functions in your body. Spinal manipulation can be used to treat pain in many areas even if it seems unrelated.

Spinal Mobilization and Manipulation can be done progressively with forces applied by a skilled physical therapist within the range your spine is already moving within to decrease pain, up to the limit of its mobility to improve movement, and past the range your spine is moving within to change the end range of movement.  Mobilizations are performed in a small area of the spine, such as the lower back.  Spinal mobilization is a technique used primarily used by chiropractors and physical therapists though some Doctors of Osteopathy may also manipulate spines. A clinician may use a quick impulse or thrust to perform spinal manipulation or may use a gentle and smaller movement to perform spinal mobilizations. Although this technique may create an audible sound, these movements are gentle and should be pain free.  Spinal manipulation is only done in specific instances in a physical therapy setting and will always be paired with exercises to maintain stability after the movement of the spine.

What is the Importance of Spinal Manipulation?

Your spine is complex. It contains many parts: vertebrae, discs, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons. It is necessary to maintain a delicate balance in order for the spine to function at its best and treat restrictions of movement when they occur.

To ensure your spine is in its best health, the following are some things you can do:

  • Good posture and spine curves
  • Strong core and abdominal muscles
  • Strong glutes and spinal muscles
  • Excellent flexibility and balance, with side-bending or rotation

If you are experiencing back pain you should contact us. We will evaluate your condition and determine whether spinal mobilization or manipulation is a part of the best treatment plan for you.

Spinal Manipulation Benefits in Tarrytown

  • Facilitate movement
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase circulation
  • Relax muscles
  • Improve muscle function

Research has shown that manual therapy and manipulative therapy can be combined with therapeutic exercises to improve patient outcomes.

Common misconception: Chiropractic adjustment is not the same as spinal mobilization by trained Physical Therapists. What’s the difference? Physical Therapists are trained in the biomechanical balance of the entire body.  Utilizing manual techniques such as spinal mobilization as well as muscle stabilizing and strengthening techniques such as postural reeducation and exercise allows physical therapists to treat the entire body.  We assess and guide you through your healing journey and give you the tools to self-treat if stiffness returns. Our philosophy at Good Life Physical Therapy is to help you live a Good Life, not to keep you coming back for “adjustments” indefinitely.

Side Effects and risks

Studies have shown that low-back pain can be managed in part with spinal mobilization or manipulation by licensed and trained practitioners. Most side effects are minor and include temporary soreness or fatigue.

Inform your providers about any complementary practices that you may use. You should give them a complete picture of how you manage your health and what other treatments you may be receiving. This will ensure safe and coordinated care.

To check for any areas that need improvement, our physical therapist will check the alignment of your spine. 

Add Spinal Manipulation to Your Treatment in Tarrytown

Many of our patients have found spinal mobilization to be beneficial. Our physical therapists will help you restore natural movement to your spine, increase fluid circulation to the joints, strengthen your paraspinal muscles, and educate you on proper posture and prevention techniques.

We can help you achieve more with less pain. Our patients report significant pain relief and improvements in their daily activities within a matter of weeks.

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Niki Russo

Myriah is the best! Not only did she help immensely in dealing with my ailment, she is also an absolute pleasure to work with. She is knowledgable, a great listener, and always made me feel comfortable. Couldn’t recommend her services enough!

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Myriah is AWESOME! She’s really knowledgeable about the body and has helped me get rid of back and neck pain. She’s really thorough in answering all of my questions, I love that she’s also a trained yoga teacher and has given me tips to incorporate into my practice. Myriah is super friendly, I recommend her to my friends. She is the only doctor I look forward to seeing!