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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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On the basis of these case reports, physicians may want to reconsider doing elective cervical manipulation, at least on patients who have cervical vaginal infection or colonization with potential perinatal pathogens.
Specific premanipulative vertebral provocation tests are generally recommended to identify a threatening ischemia preceding a manipulation of the neck, and are an obligatory component of cervical manipulation standards.
Effects of acupuncture, cervical manipulation and NSAID therapy on dizziness and impaired head repositioning of suspected cervical origin: a pilot study.
Note that the strains for the cervical manipulation trials are typically less than 50% of those obtained during normal ROM testing.
Table 3b of the 2005 Chiropractic clinical practice guideline: evidence-based treatment of adult neck pain not due to whiplash (3) lists risk factors that are absolute contraindications to cervical manipulation (and possibly mobilization).
The condition represents an absolute contraindication for upper cervical manipulation.
Injury from cervical manipulations rarely, if ever, occurs in this part of the VA.
5 serious complications occur from every million cervical manipulations, compared to 1,000 per million complications from taking over-the-counter pain killers.
13) In the current case, supine upper thoracic and bilateral cervical manipulations were used, with no adverse effects.
This study reported drastic upper limb symptom improvement in one patient following a total of three cervical manipulations and home exercise therapy.