Cervical manipulation

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The Vertebral Column

Cervical manipulation is a procedure involving the upper 7 vertebral bodies of the spinal column.

The spinal column is divided into five areas:

Main article: Vertebral column
  • Cervical
    • 1 to 7 or C1 to C7
  • Thoracic
    • 8 to 20 or T1 - T12
  • Lumbar
    • 21 to 26 or L1 to L5
  • Sacrum
    • 27 to 32 or S1 to S5
  • Coccyx
    • 33 to 37 or Co1 to Co4

Manipulation of the spine is an alternative treatment sometimes used in place of more commonly accepted treatments such as surgery.[citation needed] Its practitioners claim that cervical manipulation can relieve symptoms such as parasthesia, headaches and poor circulation for patients with vertebral subluxation.[citation needed]


Many types of practitioners use various techniques to adjust the position of the cervical bones. They include Bonesetters, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths. The various techniques range from high velocity low amplitude thrusts to gentle positional release techniques such as Brett's Procedure.


There are associated risks that come with cervical manipulation. These include:

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