What Is The ‘Crack’ Sound When I Get Adjusted By My Chiropractor?
Last updated on August 18, 2023
At Ripple Chiropractic our purpose is to adjust (that’s what our treatments are called)… we adjust the Nervous System via the spine.
While our spine assists in keeping us standing tall and allows for movement of our body, its primary concern is actually PROTECTION of our nervous system (our nervous system is made up of the brain, the spinal cord and all of the nerves in the body). Because our nervous system runs every single function within our body and is very delicate, our spine is designed to keep it safe so you can continue to function and be healthy.
We like to think of our spine as a SUIT OF ARMOUR and our skull like a HELMET. Like any suit of armour, it has weaknesses and when exposed to constant stress it can become damaged.
As Chiropractors we want to keep our spine healthy because at the end of the day, the healthier our spine is the healthier our nervous system will be and the better it will function.
What Is An Adjustment & What's That ‘Popping' Sound?
A chiropractic adjustment is a specific, high-velocity (fast), low amplitude (depth) thrust directed in the direction of your joint’s natural plane of motion. As a result, this gaps the two spinal joint surfaces creating a suction within the adjoining joint capsules (fluid-filled) this causes gas to be released – that’s what the ‘crack’ or ‘popping’ sound is. Simply put, gas is being released from within the two joint surfaces. This results in a temporary increase in joint function and takes the pressure off your spine and nervous system. Now, the sound is merely an aftereffect of an adjustment and doesn’t necessarily need to happen to be deemed a successful adjustment.
Be sure to check out our other blogs or conditions we option see in our office to see if you would benefit from chiropractic care.
Our chiropractors take a thorough history and examination to ensure chiropractic is appropriate for you and can also give you guidance if you need a different modality.