Manipulation involves a very skilled and precise thrust to a joint that is stiff in order to restore proper movement in that joint. It is often accompanied by a popping sound which is not the bones cracking but rather pockets of air. Mobilisation involves repeatedly moving a joint through its range of motion and towards its end range- again to encourage and restore proper movement.
The recent NICE guidelines for chronic low back pain suggest a course of manipulation. Research also shows it is beneficial in the treatment of mid back and neck pain. Manipulation is what Chiropractors are most famous for however it is not the only treatment option available to us. At this clinic when we do use it is never in isolation will always be supported with another form of therapy such as soft tissue work/massage and home exercises.