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Skillful use of the hands in moving body parts, as reducing a dislocation, or changing the position of a fetus.
(science and technology)
Use of the hands in the performance of a task.



(1) A movement of the hand or of both hands related to the performance of certain processes (for example, the handling of some mechanism); a complex procedure in hand labor requiring great precision.

(2) A clever swindle, a contrivance, a juggle with facts for the sake of achieving an unseemly goal; the same as a machination.

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Almost all forms of cervical manipulation have been implicated in these injuries.
On the basis of these case reports, obstetricians may want to reconsider doing elective cervical manipulation, at least on patients who have cervical vaginal infection or colonization with potential perinatal pathogens.
de-creases the pain associated with cervical manipulation, but has little effect on the pain associated with hysteroscopic placement of the Essure device for sterilization or on the technical success of the placement, a single-center randomized trial showed.
Many cases focus on use of high-velocity upper cervical manipulation, a common chiropractic therapy strongly linked to strokes caused by injury to the vertebral or carotid arteries.
Inherent limitations associated with a case report preclude one from concluding that the cerebellar infarct sustained by this patient was the direct result of the cervical manipulation.