We all know that the brain sends messages and signals to the rest of the body, and the spine is there to relay them. The spine is also the central part that keeps the entire skeletal system together. So why do chiropractors make adjustments? If the spine is already in the right place, what are these adjustments for? Why would you want to mess with one of the most vital parts of the entire body?
The truth is, sometimes the spine isn’t in proper alignment. Sure, the term “spinal adjustment” is kind of intimidating, and even downright terrifying. But that’s only if you don’t know what it does and how it works. Spinal manipulation doesn’t sound any better. Why would anyone want to have their spine manipulated? Is chiropractic treatment even legitimate?
These are very common questions. And we understand the concern. But as scary as these terms may sound, they are accurate descriptions of what really goes on when you visit a chiropractor.
We may need to adjust our imagination a little bit. Let’s stop thinking of it as something that’s potentially dangerous. Instead, let’s have a closer look at why chiropractors need to crack your back.
Why Do Chiropractors Crack the Back?
The main reason chiropractors “crack” your back is because they need to realign the spine or a joint. Chiropractors perform spinal adjustments when they detect a stuck joint, for example.
This alternative treatment method operates under the philosophy that the body has an incredible way of healing itself and recovering from injuries. However, certain injuries can slow down this process. This happens usually when the spine becomes misaligned. Your chiropractor will correct it by cracking your back, allowing the body to continue healing itself properly.
Chiropractors optimize your healing process. But of course, there is no literal cracking involved. Bone cracking is what many people think of when they hear “back cracking”. But this is not the case.
Spinal adjustments are actually targeted movements that exert pressure into a particular area. You can have your chiropractor explain to you which parts need to be adjusted and why. These healthcare providers will be more than happy to answer your questions.
During a back adjustment, your back goes through a quick and gentle stretching of the neck and spinal joints. The sudden release in pressure provides instant relief.
Your chiropractor may crack your back if there is an obvious lack of motion. A car accident or any similar incident may cause injuries that reduce your range of motion, preventing you from doing what you need to do. Injuries can also cause pain whenever you try to move the affected body part.
Is it Really Safe?
Some people are unnerved by the popping noise created whenever an adjustment is made. The fear is understandable, but the noise is really just caused by the release of air bubbles trapped in between the joints. It’s the same thing when you crack your knuckles.
There are many techniques that chiropractors may use, including the quick, painless thrust of the neck and other body parts.
Chiropractors actually deliver millions of safe adjustments every year. Chiropractors also spend a significant amount of time training and studying how to perform spinal adjustments effectively—and that’s just the basic requirement in order to obtain a license!
Chiropractors also cannot perform spinal adjustments without a license. And even if they have one, they can only operate within the state that they obtained it from. All states provide licenses for chiropractors. The medical industry recognizes the effectiveness of spinal manipulation.
If you are going through physical discomfort, or you want to manage any musculoskeletal condition, a chiropractor is right for you. Learn more about how chiropractic care can provide pain relief, and how it can restore your range of motion.
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