Gentle Spinal Mobilization is used to restore normal motion of the spine. The therapist gently rocks, glides, or rotates the restricted or stiff part of the spine. The movement is done with rhythmic motions in a pain free manner and never involves sharp, fast, or forceful movements. We do not do high velocity manipulation (what Chiropractors do). In Washington state it is beyond the scope of practice of physical, occupational or massage therapists to employ these techniques. We have relationships with many chiropractors in the area that we can refer you if this is a technique that we think would be beneficial.
When we mobilize the spine it is always in conjunction with some sort of soft tissue release. We would mobilize the soft tissue including the muscles, ligaments, tendons that are inserting around the area. We evaluate the range of motion above and below the area that is causing you the most problems. We would also look at your ribs and see how they are moving. The other techniques that we would employ include myofascial release, strain counter strain, muscle energy, and also some dural tube mobilization techniques.
How will this help my headaches? Well, last I checked your head sits on your neck. If your top vertebrae are rotated or sitting sideways on your other vertebrae, they will pull your muscles all out of whack. These muscular tensions set up a dynamic where the muscles begin to fight to hold your head up with your eyes orienting you straight forward. You want to to be balanced in all the directions, if you are not, the muscles will pull and contract and guard. These muscles insert onto your head and cause increased muscle pain that can lead into headaches. This is a simplified version of what can occur, but you get the idea? yes?
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