WHAT IS JOINT MANIPULATION?
Joint Manipulation is a type of passive movement of a joint, using high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) maneuvers that oftentimes produce a popping sound within a joint. The technique is used to target stiff and painful joints which are contributing to the “cause” of injury in order to achieve a therapeutic effect. These techniques are an effective treatment method for relieving pain, improving joint range of motion, alleviating muscle tightness and treating joint stiffness. Our Doctors at P3 are experts in manual therapy and have extensive training in manipulation and how to safely use it treat pain and stiffness.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES JOINT MANIPULATION HELP TREAT?
Joint Manipulation is most effective when used with a combination of corrective exercise, dry needling, or cupping. When combined with these other treatment methods, these joint movements assist in naturally healing: headaches, tendonitis, back pain, neck pain, tennis elbow, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, hip impingement, groin pain, patellofemoral pain, plantar fasciitis, slipped ribs, sciatica, and disc herniations. These techniques are also used in our wellness problems to manage reoccuring joint stiffness and muscle tightness.
WHEN I FEEL THE “JOINT POP” SENSATION, WHAT HAPPENS?
Joint Manipulation is often associated with the production of a “joint pop” or “joint click” sound. The sound is referred to a phenomenon known as cavitation. When a joint is manipulated, the speed of forces place stretch on the joint surfaces creating a reduction of pressure within the joint. With the reduction of pressure, gases within the joint create a bubble or cavity. The bubble or cavity then collapses and creates a “joint popping” sound. Modern practice and research has moved away from the idea that the “pop” causes joints to realign. Since the joints do not realign, many ask “why does it help my pain”. The pain relief comes from natural endorphins in your body which are released when the movement is performed. The good news is that when these techniques are performed correctly and paired with the right corrective exercises, no further manipulation or adjustments are needed.
WHERE CAN I FIND JOINT MANIPULATION NEAR ME?
Peak Physiotherapy and Performance provides joint manipulation for patients with all types of injuries for fast pain relief. We use these techniques in our wellness programs to to keep joints from stiffening up and get rid of muscle tightness. We use joint manipulation for back pain relief, neck pain relief, shoulder pain relief, elbow pain relief, and knee pain relief. Keep in mind, these techniques are always used in combination with exercise to strengthen the muscles surrounding the joint. When we combine exercise and address joint stiffness, we are able to get you back to doing what you love quickly. Peak Physiotherapy and Performance has 2 office locations in where we provide joint manipulation in Columbus Ohio. We have one location provides joint manipulation in Blacklick and another location provides joint manipulation in Canal Winchester.