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How to Develop Speed for Cervical Thrust Manipulations


One of the hardest parts about an efficient and comfortable thrust manipulation is developing speed. There are ways to make it more comfortable as well. Make sure you are comfortable, using good body mechanics AND the patient is relaxed as well. No point in manipulating through high tone or discomfort. When was the last time you were relaxed as someone was quickly stretching you? Think of it this way as a clinician, would you stretch a high tone CVA, TBI, or CP patient quickly?




No! Tone is tone and it responds the same whether the patient has a MSK condition or an underlying neurological pathology. In this quick video taken from MMT: The Eclectic Approach to Spinal Manipulation, I go over a way to develop more speed - back off the last component of rotation and whip through the barrier. No, it's not creating a larger (unsafe) amplitude. What are your thoughts?

How to Develop Speed for Cervical Thrust Manipulations

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