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What Exactly is Spinal Manipulation?


Every discipline of medicine has a series of buzzwords that are attached to the discipline itself. Often times, buzzwords are thrown around and used by medical professionals without ensuring that the patient has a proper understanding of the terminology that is being used. If there is inadequate understanding of certain terminology, the patient will in turn communicate a misguided definition within their network and spread information to other individuals involved.

This is a precarious situation in that there is already an insufficient level of understanding in so many aspects of the United States healthcare system. But with knowledge translation of misunderstood concepts that are presented to the patient in the treatment room, there is an added level of concern.

This is especially alarming when we consider the uncertainty and doubt cast on chiropractic care’s true effectiveness. So many politicians and other people that have a certain level of influence over the future of chiropractic care are unaware of what this discipline truly involves, let alone individuals who have not pursued chiropractic care as a form of treatment. Despite the growing number of service providers throughout the country, there are still legislative and political efforts to curb the growth of chiropractic care, and the lack of understanding does not help.

One of the most common buzzwords in chiropractic care is spinal manipulation. It sounds quite involved, but the concept is really quite simple. Spinal manipulation refers to any sort of hands-on therapy initiative that focuses on the spinal column in an effort to prevent illness and injury. While there are numerous different forms of spinal manipulation, the broad scope of this treatment initiative provides chiropractic professionals with an extensive toolkit in their treatment pattern. Each patient requires individual attention with respect to their own case of back or neck pain, and the proper form of spinal manipulation needs to be applied.

Chiropractors and chiropractic advocacy groups can really make a difference in increasing education efforts with respect to terminology and treatment processes within chiropractic care. If there is not improvement in the overall understanding of this discipline and its terminology in both the patient and the political communities, the outlook of chiropractic care could potentially be quite negative.

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