Manipulation is a safe and effective means of restoring and maintaining joint movement and treating pain. Performed manually by your physiotherapist, treatment consists of small, high velocity joint movements, usually performed in the spine, that aim to free stiffened joints. The procedure often involves audible clicking or popping, known as cavitation. This is the sound of carbon dioxide gas being displaced within the synovial fluid of the joints and is perfectly normal.
Loss of motion is most commonly caused by trauma or immobilisation. Manipulation increases mobility within the joint and surrounding tissue, and can be extremely effective in restoring pain- free movement, although it is suitable only in a specified number of conditions. The clinical benefits of joint manipulation have been shown to include: