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Maniupulation Under Anesthesia in Belleville, NJ

What is MUA?

Manipulation Under Anesthesia, or MUA, is a highly specialized, non-invasive chiropractic stretching technique for chronic pain patients who are no longer responding to regular conservative care. MUA works by altering adhesions and scar tissues to restore range of motion and mobility while the patient is in a safe, temporary "twilight sleep." As an alternative therapy to surgery and medication, MUA consistently generates life-changing results for carefully selected patients.

Spinal manipulation under anesthesia is a procedure that primarily originated with the osteopathic profession and has been utilized for the treatment of spinal pain since the late 1930s. Documentation regarding the success and value of manipulation under anesthesia has been recorded in the osteopathic literature since 1948 when Clybourne reported in the Journal of American Osteopath Association a success rate of 80-90% which has been maintained to this day.

In the last two decades, the emphasis regarding manipulation in osteopathic education has greatly decreased. Therefore, the osteopaths that had been adequately trained in manipulation are coming to the close of their careers or have retired. Because of the need for continuance of this procedure, the focus for the performance of spinal manipulation under anesthesia has now shifted to chiropractors and their expertise in spinal manipulation skills.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia is exactly what it sounds like. After medical clearance, the patient is lightly anesthetized to achieve total relaxation, then adjustments and stretching movements which would normally be too painful to even consider are easily, painlessly and quickly accomplished.

For more and more chiropractic patients who are not finding relief through conventional treatments and other invasive procedures such as surgery, MUA combined with consistent but simple post-procedure treatment and exercise can eliminate or greatly reduce pain and restore or greatly improve range of motion. Plus, MUA procedures are cost-effective - thousands of dollars less than traditional surgery and other more invasive treatments - and usually qualify for insurance coverage.

In addition, return-to-work is much faster, allowing MUA patients to get back to work and the pleasure of living much sooner than expected.