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A Look at Spinal Manipulation Therapy and Back Pain

If you’ve ever been to a chiropractor or had a professional “crack your back,” you may have been a recipient of spinal manipulation therapy (SMT). Spinal manipulation, also called spinal manipulative therapy or manual therapy, is used in both Western and traditional East Asian medicine; in North America, it’s typically performed by chiropractors, osteopathic physicians, and physical and occupational therapists. Over 100 types of adjustment techniques are known throughout the world, but typically chiropractors will focus on eight to 10 varying approaches within their practice. Spinal manipulation therapy uses force, while spinal mobilization therapy is gentler. Some conditions such as …