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What Causes The Sound Of An Adjustment?

Actually, not all adjusting techniques produce the sound associated with “popping knuckles.” Some create no sound at all, some a little. Many techniques, however, do create the sound of a spinal “release.”

What causes it? A British research team that took x-ray movies of people “popping” their knuckles may have solved the mystery. The sound appeared to be caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints were slightly separated.

Is It Bad To “Crack” Your Back Or Neck A Lot?

The desire to pop the neck or back is caused by tension from a jammed or fixated vertebra, which causes another part of the spine to compensate by moving too much and “popping” a lot. The jammed part should be adjusted by a chiropractor so that the rest of the spinal column will balance and stop being so movable and noisy.

So I’m Not “Adjusting” Myself?

Cracking or popping your neck gives relief for a while, but soon the urge to pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal tension has not been corrected. I, as a chiropractor, can’t adjust myself. I go to my chiropractor.

What Is A Subluxation?

A subluxation is a misaligned vertebrae causing interference to nerve messages that flow through your brain and body.

How Do We Get Subluxations?

Subluxations are often due to poor sleeping habits, poor posture, strenuous exercise, injuries stemming from poor work conditions, automobile accidents, sports, slips or falls, and even the birthing process itself.

Can I Tell If I Have A Subluxation Without Consulting A Chiropractor?

Not always subluxation is like a dental cavity; you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. An occasional spinal checkup is always a good idea.

At What Age Should Chiropractic Care Begin?

Newborns have received spinal adjustments especially after difficult or traumatic births. Several studies suggest that children under chiropractic care get sick less and suffer from fewer allergies and ear infections than children who utilize medicine only do.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic is among the safest of the healing arts. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health professionals. Chiropractors malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors, especially orthopedists and surgeons.

Can I Go To A Chiropractor If I’m Under Medical Care?

Yes. Having your subluxations corrected is important, no matter what other type of health care you are receiving. Today many D.C.s and M.D.s are working together in clinics and on joint research projects. M.D.s are quite likely to have patients who are under chiropractic care; in fact many medical doctors see a doctor of chiropractic themselves.

I’m Not In Pain. Should I See A Chiropractor?

Yes. Symptoms are not a good way to judge health. They sometimes surface after years of body malfunction. Anything of value needs to be maintained. Weather it is your car, home, or personal relationship maintenance is important. Let’s add spinal health to that list and keep you from getting a symptom.

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