Chiropractic Mobilization for Back Pain

Are you searching for drug-free relief of back pain in Salem? Dr. Geary Michels offers innovative, efficient treatments for spinal disorders causing back pain.

Chiropractic spinal mobilization can provide immediate clinical improvements for patients with back pain, according to a recent study.

While a number of studies have demonstrated the benefits of spinal manipulation for back pain, less is known about the effects of another common chiropractic technique called spinal mobilization. Both spinal manipulation and mobilization are types of chiropractic adjustments used to correct misalignments or dysfunctions in the spine causing back or neck pain. However, spinal mobilization is a slower, lower-force type of adjustment than spinal manipulation. This has been shown to be helpful for pain relief, but the underlying mechanisms behind the treatment are unclear.

In a recent study, researchers from the UK evaluated the immediate effects of spinal mobilization in patients with lower back pain. They compared 19 patients with back pain to 20 symptom-free, control participants, all of whom received spinal mobilization. Before and after the treatment, the researchers measured the curvature of the spine and active range of motion. Patients also reported any changes in pain.

In just a single session of spinal mobilization, the patients showed immediate and clinically important improvements in back pain and stiffness. On average, the patients' pain dropped by 1.69 points on visual analog scale. The curvature of the spine and stiffness levels begin to more closely resemble the symptom-free controls.

The results of this study merely document the immediate effects of chiropractic treatments. Other research is demonstrated that spinal adjustments can lead to long-term relief of back pain as well.

Salem chiropractor Dr. Geary Michels uses chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with exercise and soft-tissue techniques for his patients with back pain. Most patients experience significant reductions in pain through these treatments, without relying on surgery or drugs. If you're searching for effective, lasting relief of lower back pain in Salem, OR, contact Michels Spinal Rehab and Associates today.


Shum GL, et al. The immediate effect of posteroanterior mobilization on reducing back pain and the stiffness of the lumbar spine. Archives Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2013;94(4):673-9. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2012.11.020.

Piper Lucy. Spine stiffness central to posteroanterior mobilization pain reduction. News Medical. December 18, 2012. Accessed May 21, 2013.


  1. dr Robertson

    Dr. Julia Robertson, DC is a Chiropractic Physician who worked with Michels Spinal Rehab and Associates and who is now the proud owner of Robertson Spinal Rehab & Associates. She provides personal one on one services specializing in spinal manipulation, physiotherapy, nutritional counseling in addition to developing personal rehab programs.