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Spinal manipulation is a technique that treats back pain, neck pain and other musculoskeletal conditions via the application of force to the spinal joints, with the idea being that such treatment of dysfunctional areas in the spine can restore the spine’s structural integrity, reduce pain and initiate the body’s natural healing processes.
Spinal manipulation has been practiced since ancient times, although it is commonly associated nowadays with the different types of spinal adjustments that are used by chiropractors. Spinal manipulation may involve the manual or mechanical application of various types of thrusts on the lumbar spine (lower back) or cervical spine (neck), and this treatment may be used by not only chiropractors, but also osteopathic doctors and other medical professionals.