Benefits of Joint Manipulation

Joint manipulation is one of the most popular methods of providing greater range of motion (ROM) and pain relief to patients. Also sometimes referred to as ‘manual therapy,’ joint manipulation uses a variety of techniques to provide benefits to patients.

What are the benefits of joint manipulation?
Joint manipulation is a technique to reduce pain and increase range of motion while working in conjunction with other treatment techniques to improve a patient’s overall quality of life.

Causes of joint dysfunction
Joint dysfunction can be caused by a number of issues including:

  • Underuse – people who have been confined to a wheel chair or bed may experience serious pain and damage in their joints as a result of underuse.
  • Overuse – either over a short period of time of high exertion, or through a lifetime of continual use.
  • Natural joint dysfunction – joints naturally deteriorate over time, but this fact does not make the process any less painful, inconvenient or damaging. Natural join dysfunction can be mitigated through joint manipulation.
  • Trauma – through injury, accident, or over a long period of time.
  • Post-opt – issues arising after an operation for both related and unrelated issues.

Effects of joint manipulation

Joint manipulation has many clinically proven effects which include:

  • Relief of musculoskeletal pain
  • Faster recovery time from acute back sprains
  • Increase in range of motion
  • Positive physiological effects on the central nervous system
  • ‘Unlocking joints’