At Lifepath Dental & Wellness, we are pleased to offer our clients spinal mobilizations. This type of therapy is aimed at a passive movement of a spinal segment or region of the spine to relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function.
What Are Spinal Mobilizations?
Spinal mobilizations have often been described as gentle, often circular; passive movements applied to a spinal region with the goal of increasing the range of motion in that segment of the region, ideally focusing on freeing a segment that is stiff and sore.
Why Do I Need a Manual Spinal Mobilization?
When a spinal segment cannot get the proper nutritional fluid exchange to the spinal disc, the disc can slowly starve. As a result, disc degeneration and loss of intra-discal pressure can be a precursor to serious spinal dysfunction. A spinal segment may become sore when it is locked and is unable to move. The pain it generates can be an indication that this condition needs to be attended to.
What Does a Spinal Mobilization Involve?
There are over 100 types of spinal adjustments used by chiropractors worldwide. When performing a spinal mobilization, unlike a spinal manipulation used during a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Politylo will use his hands to apply less forceful thrusts and use more stretching techniques. Sometimes he will use an “activator,” which is a small metal tool that applies force directly to one vertebra.
Is It Safe?
Yes, spinal mobilizations are safe when they are performed by a certified professional, who is trained and licensed to deliver this kind of care. Some patients should avoid spinal mobilizations or adjustments. This includes people who have severe osteoporosis, high stroke risk, spinal cancer, or an unstable spine.