Spinal Manipulation

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If you have a sports injury, those ongoing ‘niggles’ or need a tailored plan for recovery then book your initial appointment today.

What Is Spinal Manipulation?

This technique is a therapeutic procedure applied to the patient’s spine with an aim to restore ‘normal’ movement. The manipulation involves taking a joint past its normal end range of motion, but not past its anatomical end range of motion.

There are different types of manipulations that can be used, however at DAHM a ‘short lever manipulation’ also known as high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation may be chosen to utilise.
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Often people associate manipulations with a ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound, which may or may not occur. The most widely accepted explanation for the production of the ‘crack’ sound, is an event called ‘cavitation’, which occurs within the affected joint’s synovial fluid (SF) (Evans and Breen, 2006). The term ‘cavitation’ refers to the formation and activity of gaseous bubbles (or cavities) within the SF of the joint, which are created in a local decline in pressure (Evans and Lucas, 2010).

There are many suggested benefits relating to manipulations that can be categorised into three sections:

  •  A Biomechanical Reaction – a release of entrapped synovial fluid and/or the unbuckling of motion segments resulting in improved ranges of movement.
  • Muscular Reflexogenic Reaction – a modulation of alpha and gamma motor neuron activity resulting in the relaxation of hypertonic (sensation of tightness) muscles.
  • Neurophysiological Reaction – Activation of the descending inhibitory systems, and stimulation of Beta endorphins resulting in a reduction in pain.

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Frequently Asked Questions

£50 unless you’re part of the affiliated clubs for discount

Usually between 45 mins and 60 mins

Anything you feel comfortable in and move around sensibly

We can use a range of different techniques at DAHM and these will be selected based on the outcome of the assessment and discussed with you so you are happy with the plan

Clinic is within the Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, Carlisle CA3 8XL

Use the ‘Book now’ button on the website and this will take you to the DA Human Mechanics Platform on the ‘Sports Injury Fix’ site where you can see the diary and select a slot suitable for you.

At DAHM we have a 24 hour cancellation policy that we adhere to. Any appointments cancelled within this period will be expected to pay for the appointment in full. This is to protect appointments for everyone.

Follow up appointments may be necessary, however, you will never be pressured into booking more. We pride ourselves on client education and self-management where possible.