Spinal Mobilisation Program

Spinal Mobilization Therapy apply specific localization forces to help “unlock” joint fixations.

Unlike a machine, SMT is done by hand in a sensitive, gentle and smooth motion. The feedback of the tissues’ reactions is constantly in contact with the therapist who will apply a little more or a little less force and movement every moment of the treatment period. A machine has not been able to replace a good pair of hands in the art of Spinal Mobilization Therapy.

Discs separate the movable vertebrae in the spinal column. Each of the twenty-three discs is made of fibrocartilaginous material that is held in place by concentric girdle-like bands that criss-cross diagonally. There are no direct blood vessels to supply oxygen and nutrients to maintain disc health. The less efficient process of osmosis nourishes them.

As the discs wear down in height, even the small amount of 1/23 of an inch of wear for each disc will collectively equal a one-inch height loss. With only 1/12 of an inch of wear, one would lose two inches of height. Spinal Mobilization Technique safely and comfortably relaxes tension and increases the spinal motion of the vertebra and discs. Spinal mobilization gently moves each vertebra and disc through its individual range of motion, something that cannot be accomplished though massage, general stretching or yoga techniques. The criss-cross girdle-like bands of the discs are also repeatedly stretched.

Some of the many benefits of spinal mobilization are; relief of muscular tension and congestion around the spine, enhancement of the process of osmosis that nourishes the discs, helpful stretching of the girdle bands, and increasing the range of motion of each vertebra/disc complex. All of which result in maintaining a healthier disc structure and minimizing the disc wear that will make a person shorter.

Hip joints and knee joints can be replaced as people age. There is no replacement for a person’s spine. However people can maximize their spinal health and integrity with Spinal Mobilization Therapy.

Who Should Receive Spinal Mobilization Therapy?

Anyone with any type of impairment of the spine who experiences pain, limitation or discomfort in his or her range of motion may be a candidate for Spinal Mobilization Techniques (SMT). People with spinal arthritic changes and disc thinning are significantly helped.

SMT is for people, who have sustained injuries resulting in spinal disc herniations, protruding disc bulges or fractured vertebra, all resulting in restricted connective tissue mobility.

Patients confined to a hospital or who require extensive bed rest that results in joint stiffness can greatly benefit from SMT to keep the spine mobile and insure a more comfortable and quicker full recovery.

People involved in sports or yoga that seek better performance or are recovering from sports injuries will also benefit from SMT.

SMT helps in conditioning and reconditioning of the spine to facilitate healing for preoperative or postoperative surgical procedures as well as pre-chiropractic vertebral joint mobility for easier adjustments and with longer lasting results.

People with spinal curvatures or postural problems that often cause stiffness, headaches, backaches and acute or chronic pain are ideally treated by Spinal Mobilizations Therapies.

People that desire to feel and function at an optimum are also benefited by SMT.

The largest segment of the U.S. “aging” population is the Baby-Boom Generation, which will continue to expand in numbers over the next two decades. They will live longer and be more affluent than any post-60-year-old generation in the past. Most importantly, they want to remain active and mobile and they resent physical limitations. After all, what good is living longer and having economic means to travel and participate in life if you are in pain of have difficulty moving about?

Spinal mobilization is one of many conservative treatments therapists use for low back pain. In this method, the therapist applies a low velocity, repetitive movement to the spine. It’s a passive treatment so the patient doesn’t usually participate in any way.

The theory behind spinal mobilization for back pain is that it can decrease joint stiffness and reposition joints that are slightly off center. Adhesions or fibrous tissue around the joints can keep the joint from moving. Mobilization can help free these up. Mobilization can also have a pain reducing effect.

correcting and maintaining the function of the spine so that the body’s musculoskeletal and neurological systems will perform optimally

Manipulations are not generally dangerous, but in people with osteoarthritis, the bony spurs may rarely cause serious complications if the twisting maneuver brings the spurs into contact with and damages the spinal cord or nerves

Spinal manipulation can be helpful for some people in the first month of low back symptoms. It is unlikely to help those with a disc prolapse and may be unsafe for people who have had:

  • Previous back surgery
  • Back injury from disease affecting the back

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