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Benefits of Spinal Mobilisation

The goal of spinal mobilization is to restore or to enhance joint function. Spinal manipulation, slow movement, usually to a firm endpoint of joint movement, is used to mobilize the joint.

Therapists may choose spinal mobilization for certain patients for a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Patient preference - certain patients prefer spinal mobilization over spinal manipulation

  • Patients with sensitive nervous systems may benefit from gentle therapy techniques to keep the body from overreacting and causing reactive muscle spasms

  • Patients with some conditions may be contraindicated for spinal manipulation, such as possibly patients with advanced osteoporosis, bone pathology, some forms of deformity, and certain types of inflammatory arthritis

  • Therapists may choose spinal mobilization for patients when they are in the acute stage of their condition and in severe pain

  • Obesity can make the positioning of the patient and the manipulation procedures challenging for both the provider as well as the patient, which might favor a low force technique.

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