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Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT)

Spinal Manipulative Therapy is the application of force being applied to the joints of the spine to improve mobility and decrease pain.


What is spinal manipulative therapy?

Spinal manipulative therapy is a high-velocity, low amplitude thrust technique designed to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function.

When is spinal manipulative therapy used in your rehab?

Spinal manipulative therapy is used to treat back pain, headaches, chronic migraines, chronic back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain.

Why is spinal manipulative therapy used in your rehab?

The reason for spinal manipulative therapy is to not put your back into place but rather affect the nerves that bring information from the surrounding spinal musculature to the brain. This is to aid the motor control system as well as pain processing. Biomechanical changes via spinal manipulative therapy are thought to have physiological consequences utilizing their effects on the inflow of sensory information to the brain. Spinal manipulative therapy is also believed to affect reflex neural outputs to muscles to alter motor neuron excitability, to reduce pain and improve range of motion.

How Front Runner Physiotherapy is changing Spinal Manipulative Therapy for York, Pa.

We are not putting bones back in place or realigning certain structures. Let’s put a stop to that myth right off the bat. Spinal manipulative therapy is one of those techniques used at Front Runner Physiotherapy but is not meant to be relied on solely. South Central Pennsylvania deserves better care than being told you need to come in 3x a week for months just for one intervention. As with all other interventions, exercises must be followed up with to address areas of weakness because no one got better just laying on the table and having passive intervention applied to them! It is about getting you back to doing the things you love and moving better than you were before your injury. You have goals you want to achieve and Front Runner Physiotherapy is here to get you back to those goals! Get in touch with us so that we can improve your mobility and decrease the pain that you may be experiencing.

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