MUA, or Manipulation Under Anesthesia, is a highly-effective, safe and non-invasive technique that greatly reduces or eliminates chronic back, neck and joint pain for carefully selected patients. MUA may be the answer if you:
What is MUA?
MUA is a non-invasive, highly-specialized technique performed by specially trained chiropractic physicians. After medical clearance, the patient is sedated to achieve a state of relaxation. This state of relaxation allows the doctor to complete a series of adjustments and stretching movements without patient apprehension or muscle congestion. The results for properly selected patients are phenomenal. For patients who are not finding relief through conservative treatment or who may be facing (or recovering from) surgery, MUA could be an effective alternative. Studies prove that MUA eliminates or greatly reduces pain, and it also restores or greatly improves range of motion. Compared to surgery and other procedures, the return-to-work and return-to-activity rates for MUA patients are significantly faster and longer lasting.
The History of MUA
MUA has been practiced since the late 1930s and used by osteopathic physicians and orthopedic surgeons for many years as a proven form of treatment for many chronic pain conditions. During the past several years, the use of MUA has greatly increased thanks to tremendous advances in both the technique and in anesthesiology. Today, MUA is a multi-disciplinary outpatient procedure that takes place in a medical setting. Case studies continue to show that MUA is safe and effective.
Who Can Benefit from MUA?
MUA can be an effective procedure for people with chronic neck, back and joint problems. It is also effective for people with conditions caused by long-term disabilities or accidents, and for injuries that have not been responsive to conventional treatment. Here are some of the conditions MUA helps:
How Does MUA Work?
MUA achieves results because it allows your caregivers to adjust the bones and muscles – the therapy of choice – without the usual resistance. Light sedation allows you to be responsive but not apprehensive. Adjustments are completed gently. Fibrotic adhesions, which limit range of motion and contribute to pain, are altered. Muscles are stretched; and collagen fibers are remodeled to eliminate or reduce restriction. The result – pain and discomfort are decreased or eliminated.
How Do I Begin a MUA Treatment Plan?
Generally speaking, any chronic pain patient who has reached a plateau using traditional therapy should consider MUA. However, careful selection of qualified patients is a key to success. Your doctor will help determine if MUA is an option for you. Once you are approved for MUA, you will need to complete a medical screening process so you can be cleared for light sedation. Your doctor will also decide whether you need one or more MUA procedures.