There are a lot of differing opinions about health – that’s been true for a long time. Just about everywhere you look, people have conflicting viewpoints on any aspect of health you care to mention. What this means, generally, is that what works for one person may not work for the next. Figuring out the healthiest lifestyle for you is an ongoing process of trial and error. Fortunately, there are a lot of exciting things happening in health and wellness today – and people have more opportunities than ever to explore new modes, treatments, and lifestyle choices to achieve optimal health.
Chiropractics is one area of health and wellness that has enormous potential for a lot of people, but also suffers from a wide array of misconceptions. People tend to misunderstand not only the means by which effective chiropractic treatment is effected, but also the level of training and education possessed by a doctor of chiropractic.
But in this post, we’re going to focus on one of the most basic and common questions out there: How does a chiropractor adjust your spine?
The basic answer to this question is that chiropractic spinal adjustments involve the use of skilled, controlled force to correct spinal imbalances and misalignments. It’s worth noting here that chiropractors can adjust other joints in the body as well – but since the spine is the center of the body’s nervous system, and is connected to so many other areas of health, spinal adjustments are often the main focus of chiropractic treatments.
People often hear a “popping” noise during chiropractic spinal adjustments and wonder (or worry) if this actually the sound of bones moving into place. The reality is that this sound occurs when gas is released within the spinal joints, also known as synovial joints. These spinal joints create something known as synovial fluid, which serves to nourish and lubricate the joint. This fluid creates CO2, oxygen and nitrogen as byproducts. When a spinal adjustment takes place, trapped gas is often released, which creates the well-known “popping” sound.
Spinal adjustment may or many not produce this popping sound – but the presence or absence of “popping” does not dictate whether or not the treatment has been effective. A qualified doctor of chiropractic has various methods of locating and determining spinal misalignments, and corrections are made using highly specialized movements. The practitioner will often place the patient’s body in various positions to achieve optimal adjustments with a minimal use of gentle pressure. At times, these adjustments result in immediate feelings of relief and improvement, as pinched nerves are released. In other situations, improvement occurs gradually, and may require a handful of visits to the chiropractor.
One concern people commonly have is that chiropractors aim to keep you coming back for repeat visits, into the indefinite future. While this may have happened with certain disreputable practitioners, any qualified and reputable doctor of chiropractic will develop a treatment plan that’s designed to address and resolve your issues in a drug-free, surgery-free way. More and more, the medical literature is recognizing the enormous potentiality of chiropractic treatment – but for millions of patients, the proof is in the results.