🔹What’s the crack 🔹
The work of an osteopath, chiropractor or physiotherapist in treating back and joint pain can involve a specific technique known as ‘High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Thrust’ or, more simply, ‘High-Velocity Thrust’ (HVT for short).
This is a safe, relatively gentle and pain-free manipulation of a joint in order to restore normal movement and function, whether in the spine or the upper or lower limbs of the body. By applying a short-ranged and fast impulse through the joint, the practitioner takes the joint just slightly further than it is used to going. Although it can sometimes feel as if force is being used, the joint is not taken further than it is capable of moving. Sometimes you can hear a clicking or popping noise when the joint is being moved and patients can find this disconcerting at first. However, the noise is perfectly normal and, contrary to the popular misconception, is not the sound of a bone crack. As well as increased mobility, patients can feel invigorated and often report an increased sense of well-being following the procedure.