Chiropractic is a health profession focused on treating spinal and musculoskeletal problems primarily through manual manipulation. A chiropractor does not prescribe medication, but relies on a variety of manual therapies, including spinal manipulation, mobilization, and adjunctive therapies, to improve function and provide pain relief.

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When the cervical spine (neck) is subject to whiplash, there is usually a combination of factors that contribute to the whiplash pain (neck pain, back pain, etc.) and need treatment by a chiropractor.

Mobilization of the spine does not include hard maneuvers. They may be as gentle as a massage or simple stretching or may use tools to adjust the components of the spine and help pain relief and healing.

Before a patient undergoes spinal MUA, they must be screened for any conditions that would make the body unlikely to safely handle the procedure.

Manipulation under anesthesia procedures may vary from patient to patient as medical necessity indicates by the involved tissues, and existing relative contraindications/possible complications that may exist.

Post manipulation under anesthesia, the patient should experience an immediate increase in range of motion, even though there is usually some temporarily added muscle soreness.

The term "subluxation" is used by chiropractors to depict the altered position of the vertebra and subsequent functional loss, determining the location of the adjustment.

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