Manipulation for a herniated disc

There are many forms of manipulation, ranging from methods similar to massage to other forms that use forceful pressure on the spine. Manipulation may not improve symptoms caused by a herniated disc. Manual treatments are usually performed by a trained osteopathic doctor, chiropractor, physiatrist, or physical therapist, using twisting, pulling, or pushing movements.

Spinal manipulation relieves symptoms in some cases. But in rare cases manipulation may cause headache, dizziness, or other reactions.1 Talk to your doctor before you try manipulation for a herniated disc.


  1. Jordan J, et al. (2007). Herniated lumbar disc, search date November 2006. Online version of Clinical Evidence (8).

Last Updated: July 21, 2008

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics

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