What is Manipulation Under Anesthesia?

Term Manipulation under anesthesia is just what it sounds like. Manipulating your muscles while under anesthesia. This has been around since the 1930’s and used by osteopathic physicians.

Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) is performed while the patient is lightly anesthetized to a state of relaxation. Adjustments and stretching movements are performed that would normally be way too painful if the patient was awake.

This procedure is done as an out-patient with post-procedure treatment and exercise.

MUA can be very valuable for people suffering from chronic back, joint and neck problems caused by long term disabilities, injuries, and accidents.

Here is a list of some common and general indications that MUA could be effective:

  • Chronic myofascitis
  • Torticollis
  • Chronic re-injury
  • Fibro adhesion buildup
  • chronic disc problems

These are just to name a few. Some chiropractic patients who have reached a plateau by using traditional therapy may also significantly improve their quality of life.

MUA works since the patient is in a “Twilight” state, which allows the patient to be responsive but not apprehensive. The adjustments a patient will receive using MUA are the same as the regular chiropractic visits, but require less force simply because of the state of relaxation.

During the procedure the chiropractor will perform stretching exercises and manipulating movements, when this is complete the patient is put into recovery for 15 – 20 minutes. The chiropractor will remain there until the patient is released and sent home. The patient must continue to exercise and see the chiropractor for the next several weeks and maintain the exercise prescribed.

Following the last MUA procedure, the patient should follow an intensive therapy program for 7 to 10 days. This post MUA therapy should be the same stretches accomplished during the MUA

procedure and adjustments made in the doctor’s office. This is followed by rehabilitation for the next two to three weeks, including stretching, flexibility and strengthening exercises, plus periodic adjustments as required by the doctor. A regimented program of post-MUA therapy will help the patient regain both pre-injury strength and help prevent future pain and disability.