If you’re scrolling through Facebook or Instagram reels, you may come across a meme trend with the caption “Chiropractors be like.” In the video a woman has a Party Size bag of chips and says “Alright, relax your shoulders, relax your shoulders,” followed by a “CRUNCH!” sound as she twists the chip bag and remarks “Ah, beautiful crunch.” The trend is thankfully outdated now, but there’s always a bit of truth in humor.
The sound that comes from adjustments can be alarming, especially for people who have never been to the chiropractor. The “cracking” bears a resemblance to dramatic neck-snapping movie sound effects, but there is a rational explanation for why bones “pop” when adjusted. Furthermore, there are numerous reasons why seeking care from chiropractors is not only entirely safe, but also highly beneficial.
Why do bones “pop” when you go to the chiropractor?
Joints are surrounded by a capsule fluid called synovial fluid. This fluid contains dissolved gasses like carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and oxygen. When adjustments apply pressure to the joints a gas bubble forms. As a chiropractor adjusts or manipulates an area, the gas bubble pops and pressure releases making a popping or cracking sound. The bones themselves aren’t popping. The sound is harmless and there’s no pain or injury associated with the gas bubble popping between joints.
Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?
Chiropractic adjustments are safe as long as they are performed by a trained and licensed Chiropractor. Serious complications are rare and some conditions are too severe for chiropractors to treat like severe osteoporosis, cancer in spine, or loss of strength in arms.
Can chiropractors cause more damage?
Like with any healthcare professional, a well-trained chiropractor will not cause any more damage. It’s crucial to choose a chiropractor that uses evidence-based practices.
How do chiropractors know where to do adjustments?
Chiropractors use a combination of assessment techniques and diagnostic tools to determine where to perform adjustments. The primary focus is often on the spine, as spinal misalignments can affect the nervous system and overall body function.
Are manual adjustments all chiropractors can do?
Chiropractic care has significantly evolved over the years, expanding beyond traditional manual adjustments. While manual adjustments are the cornerstone of chiropractic care, other tools like low-frequency laser therapy and the ProAdjuster, ProSoft, ProBalance are becoming more prevalent.
Is the ProAdjuster just as effective as manual adjustments?
Yes, the ProAdjuster is just as effective and doesn’t include any cracking, popping, or twisting.
How long are chiropractic adjustments?
Chiropractic adjustments can be anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes.
WIll I feel pain during my appointment?
You shouldn’t feel pain during your appointment. Communicate with your chiropractor if you are experiencing any pain. After your appointment, you may feel sore, but this tends to go away in a few days.
Are chiropractors real doctors?
Chiropractors are Doctors of Chiropractic or DCs. If your definition of “real doctor” is in the sense of a Medical Doctor, then no they are not Medical Doctors, but they are doctors or experts in the field of chiropractic.
How many adjustments until I start feeling better?
The number of chiropractic adjustments needed to feel better can vary widely depending on factors such as the nature and severity of the condition receiving treated, individual response to treatment, overall health, and the specific treatment plan recommended by the chiropractor.
My friend can pop my back so why should I go?
Your friend will only help a limited amount compared to how much a chiropractor can help. Your chiropractor will offer you a comprehensive approach that may include multiple visits and lifestyle changes to prevent further injury.
Getting over the fear of going to the chiropractor is a big step toward prioritizing your health and well-being. By educating yourself, choosing the right practitioner, and communicating openly, you can embrace the benefits of chiropractic care and begin a journey to a healthier, more aligned you.