Spinal Manipulation

Spinal Manipulation

At times a spinal segment (vertebrae) may become slightly rotated or tilted out of it’s natural correct position. This has a painful effect on the muscles that are attached to that segment.
Imagine a tent that has a central support pole. Once the tent is put up and the cables that are attached to it are tightened correctly, the pole will stand straight. Now if someone bumps against the pole and moves it slightly out of position, then the cables will not be pulling evenly. On one side they will be slack and on the other too tight. This is similar to the spine. The pole represents the bones and the cables the muscles. This can occur due to a fall, incorrect posture, vehicular accident, sporting collision or a variety of other reasons.
Spinal manipulation is the science of returning a spinal segment into its correct position. This is done by treating the soft tissue, muscles etc, to take away any dysfunctional strain from the segment and then manipulating the segment. This manipulation can be done using number of techniques. These techniques include muscle energy techniques (MET’s) which are specialised resistive stretches, or thrusting techniques (HVT’s).
All techniques used at Sheehan Physiotherapy are safe and only used after the technique has been fully explained to the client and with the full permission of the client.
Our therapists have undergone training of no less than 4 years to become expert in the safe and appropriate use of spinal manipulation as a treatment modality.

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Do I need a GP referral?

Although we receive a number of GP referrals for clients, you can make an appointment directly by contacting Sheehan Physiotherapy Clinic on 021 4877959.

Where is the Clinic?

The Clinic is situated in Exchange House on Main Street Ballincollig. Directly opposite Downs Supervalu Supermarket. We are on the first floor and we have lift access if required.

What is the cost per visit?

We charge €50 per visit if you only require one visit per week. For additional visits in the same week we charge €40 per visit. We also offer very competitive club rates for members of sports clubs who use Sheehan Physiotherapy Clinic exclusively.

How long does a treatment take?

Each visit lasts for 40 minutes. However you might require 50 minutes on the first visit as we will take a full case history and carry out a detailed examination of the injury / condition.

What can you treat?

At the clinic we are experienced in the treatment of all muscular skeletal pain, whether caused by trauma, repetitive strain, wear-and-tear or without any obvious cause. We also carry out post operative rehabilitation. For athletes who don't have a specific injury at the moment, we provide sports massage treatments pre and post event, as well as maintenance programs to help avoid injury. If you are unsure if your painful condition / injury can be treated please contact us for advice.