HVLA Joint Adjustments
HVLA stands for High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude. It is an osteopathic technique used to manipulate joints in the body, typically the spine, to restore normal joint function and alleviate pain. The technique involves a quick, controlled thrust applied to a specific joint by an osteopath.
The goal of HVLA manipulation is to improve joint mobility, reduce muscle tension, and restore function of the spine or other joints. It is believed that HVLA adjustments can help relieve various musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and joint restrictions.
During an HVLA adjustment, the osteopath applies a rapid thrust to the targeted joint, often resulting in a popping or cracking sound. This sound is known as cavitation and is caused by the formation of gas bubbles in the joint fluid. It is important to note that the cracking sound does not indicate the success or effectiveness of the adjustment.
HVLA techniques should only be performed by trained and qualified healthcare professionals, such as osteopaths or chiropractors, who have a thorough understanding of anatomy and biomechanics. It is always recommended to consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before considering any specific treatment or technique.