How does it work?
Chiropractic removes imbalances, both structural and postural, to allow the body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions (misalignments) and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, the toxins in our environment, if you smoke or drink and/or have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear.
Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at it's peak.
What does an adjustment feel like?
After a controlled thrust, either by instrument or by hand, to the subluxated area, most patients feel a sense of well-being or a calm feeling and others feel improved mobility. Not to say that all adjustments leave a warm and happy feeling. Some adjustments, depending on surrounding inflammation or muscle spasms, may continue to hurt even after the adjustment, which is common for subluxated ribs. Frequency specific cold laser is utilized to decrease pain/inflammation and accelerate healing.
Are adjustments safe?
Yes. In a New Zealand government study, it was found that chiropractic adjustments are far less risky than taking over the counter pain relievers by a factor of one hundred.
What makes the crunching or popping sound?
Every spinal joint has lubricating fluids and when an adjustment takes place, the fluids release. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shifts, creating a sound similar to opening a soda can or removing a suction cup. Hydration plays a big role in the tone of the sound, so you may be told to increase your fluid intake. Not all subluxation corrections make a sound.
Will adjustments take away spine strength and make it loose?
Not at all. Only "locked up" spinal joints receive adjustments allowing them to return to freedom of movement as they would normally. "Unlocking" spinal joints aids in the healing and stabilization of weakened muscles and ligaments.