Joint manipulation is a form of manual therapy where your provider uses high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) thrusting maneuvers on your joints.
Goals of Joint Manipulation
- Reduce or eliminate pain
- Unlock stiff joints
- Improve range of motion
- Refresh nutrients to your joints
- Relieve muscle spasms
Areas of Joint Manipulation
Techniques of Joint Manipulation
Joint manipulation works by focusing on your synovial joints — joints that produce a lubricating fluid that allows them to move freely. Your provider will apply force to the joint surfaces, working to release pressure within the joint cavity.
In many cases, you may hear an audible “pop” or “click” sound when the pressure is released.
Joint manipulation requires a physiatrist or therapist especially trained in its application.