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Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)
in Santa Barbara

Woman doing physical therapyAt Bissell Clinic, we provide chiropractic care under anesthesia. It’s appropriate for those who do not respond to more conservative forms of chiropractic care, or whom we believe, could benefit from greater joint mobility than we can achieve during a conventional visit.

Keeping Your Comfort and Safety in Mind

While there is always some potential risk associated with any form of anesthesia, the temporary kind of sedation we use produces a type of “twilight sleep” that is noted for its safety and patient comfort.

Relaxed Muscles Allow Greater Motion

MUA is often recommended for

  • Chronic pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle spasm
  • Adhesions
  • Long-term pain syndromes

Many candidates of the MUA procedure are those who consciously or unconsciously are unable to relax and “guard” fixated or hypomobile spinal joints. Once the patient is relaxed, involved joints are gently stretched and restricted motion is released.

How It Works

MUA is commonly performed in a hospital or community surgical center. The attending team includes an anesthesiologist, the primary physician or chiropractor who performs the manipulation and an assistant experienced in MUA procedures.

Using a series of specific short lever manipulations, MUA relies on a combination of passive stretches and specific joint maneuvers to reduce fibrous adhesions and scar tissue surrounding the particular spinal joint and surrounding soft tissues.

A High Level of Patient Satisfaction

As an alternative to more invasive surgery or pain medication, MUA has produced excellent results for those who are carefully screened as good candidates for the procedure. We’ll make sure that it is appropriate for you before proceeding.

Certification courses are offered through accredited chiropractic college postgraduate departments. Our team has the required qualifications to ensure that MUA is performed safely. MUA is a covered service by malpractice insurance carriers.

We’re available on Saturdays by request. Contact us today to book your time with our team!
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MUA Santa Barbara CA | (805) 565-5252