Joint manipulation is a type of passive movement of a skeletal joint with the aim of improving its function. It is usually aimed at one or more “target” synovial joints with the aim of achieving a therapeutic effect.
Joint manipulation releases the restricted joint movement by improving biomechanical and neurological function and therefore it can:
- Restore normal motion to the joints of the spine / extremities
- Relax tight muscles
- Inhibit pain
What is the noise?
Joint manipulation is characteristically associated with the production of an audible ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound. This sound is believed to be the result of a phenomenon known as cavitation occurring within the synovial fluid of the joint. When a manipulation is performed, the applied force separates the articular surfaces of a fully encapsulated synovial joint. This deforms the joint capsule and intra-articular tissues, which in turn creates a reduction in pressure within the joint cavity. In this low-pressure environment, some of the gasses that are dissolved in the synovial fluid (which are naturally found in all bodily fluids) create a bubble or cavity, which rapidly collapses upon itself resulting in a ‘popping’ sound.
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