As we go through our lives with knocks and bumps, stress can build up and put pressure on the nervous system. Only a slight pressure is needed to change the function of your nerves and cause pain. A chiropractor’s main focus is to remove interference to your nervous system to restore the body’s healing potential and decrease your pain and discomfort.
The simplest description for a chiropractic adjustment is that it is a specific movement of the spine and/or an area of the body to correct the lost or aberrant movement of vertebrae or joints. There’s really nothing more complicated about an adjustment than this. Of course, there are many ways for a chiropractor to effect an adjustment and just as many ways to describe the procedure.
Depending on where on the body the adjustment has to be made, the chiropractor determines the style and form of the procedure. Generally speaking, though, a chiropractic adjustment involves a specific and controlled pressure or force being applied in a specific direction to a fixed or locked joint in order to “unfreeze” it. The purpose of this procedure is to improve the spinal and nervous system function, remove muscle tension, and boost general health.
After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractor in our centre is highly skilled in delivering a variety of trusted adjustment methodologies for your health and wellness.
Loud Pops during Chiropractic Adjustments
Knowing what to expect when you visit a chiropractor helps to dissipate any apprehension or even fear you may have beforehand. Being prepared for that rather unnerving “pop” as your joint or back undergoes an adjustment is half the battle to relaxation and getting better.
So what causes the loud popping sound you hear as you’re being adjusted?
It’s all a matter of gases – more accurately the sudden release of gases around the joint being adjusted – as simple as that. As to what causes the gases to make this sound is also simple: each joint, especially the spinal joints, is lubricated by a fluid similar to egg white. This fluid ensures smoothness of movement and cushioning of the joint from shock and stresses. It essentially permits a silky action for the joint, reducing friction on the bone through all its planes of movement.
As with most fluids there are air bubbles (carbon dioxide and nitrogen) contained within this flowing substance. As your chiropractor carries out the adjustment, the joint opens and releases the gases with a pop.
The fluid then returns to its proper location around the joint and continues to carry out its function of lubrication and carrying waste products away from the area.
Safety of Chiropractic Adjustments
Chiropractic care is considered to be safe, drug-free, and good for your health and well-being. As with any medical treatment not everyone responds in exactly the same way, and indeed, just as with any medical treatment some patients can have a negative reaction. Historical data would suggest that the risk of any adverse reaction from Chiropractic treatment is incredibly low, much lower than for some medications.
To aid with your journey towards wellness and superb we have provided you with a list of tips you can apply with your daily living. We want to help you take care of your spine and all the rest of your body.
10 Healthy Back Tips
- Exercise regularly. This does not have to be anything overly strenuous, something as simple as a daily walk can make a huge difference.
- Eat a healthy diet. Proper nutrients allow the body to repair itself easier.
- Maintain good posture. Are you sitting up straight as you read this?
- Stretch your spine before and after sports. This will also help to loosen up the surrounding muscles.
- Do not overload your backpack or purse. Remember to carry it over both shoulders to balance the load (if possible).
- Stretch your legs and back after each hour of sitting. Whether in a car or at a desk, stretching regularly will help to keep you from tightening up or injuring yourself further.
- Never cradle the phone between your neck and shoulder.
- Sleep on your back or side, not on your stomach. This helps to keep your spine in line and reduces the risk of hurting your neck while you sleep.
- Invest in a good chair, pillow and mattress. When you think about the amount of time you use these things each day, it is worth it.
- Have regular spinal check-ups. It is much easier to prevent a problem than to correct one.