Spinal mobilization or manipulation are forms of Manual Therapy. You may also have heard them called alignments. At Vulcan we use spinal manipulations as a supplement to a more long term strength periodization scheme and create a robust treatment plan. Manipulations have been proven to provide short term release and increase in blood flow and decreased pain and when used with longer term solutions can help create healing.
*From the APTA
Manual therapy, including mobilization/manipulation, has been a component of physical therapist practice since the inception of the profession.4 The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice makes it clear that manipulation is within the scope of physical therapy practice.2 A Normative Model of Physical Therapist Professional Education: Version 20041 includes mobilization/manipulation as an intervention that should be taught in professional physical therapist education.