Any force to your body that it can’t adapt to can damage the small joints between the bones of your spine, preventing them from moving or functioning normally and causing nerve interference. This is called a subluxation. For example, a difficult delivery when you were born, falls off swings or bikes or the climbing bars at school; car accidents; the jolts and jars associated with a lot of sports; heavy lifting, maybe with your work, or occasionally around the house; awkward or poor postures, like vacuuming, or sleeping in an unusual position; or having to maintain the same posture for long periods. The tasks of daily living can all result in this damage.
To get these joints moving properly again, to improve spinal function and remove interference to the nervous system, the chiropractor gives an adjustment, where he/she applies gentle, specific pressure with the hands to the vertebra that isn’t moving freely, to restore appropriate spinal movement. Murray Fisher Chiropractic also utilises modern adjusting tables that have drop-piece segments that can be used to deliver very low-force adjustments when appropriate.
After years of training and over 30 years of clinical experience, I am highly skilled in delivering the correct adjustment for you.
Popping sounds 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 “popping” sound as your spine undergoes an adjustment is half the battle to relaxation and getting better.
So what causes the 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 safe, drug-free, and good for your health and well-being. From head to toe, here are just some of the conditions why many people would like to experience chiropractic adjustment so as to get relief from them:
- Migraines & Headaches
- Sport injuries
- Muscle injuries
- Chronic or mild back pain
- Neck pain
- Numbness & Tingling
- Joint stiffness
- Spine pain
- Pinched nerve
- Muscle pain
- Back injury or trauma
- Bulging disc
- Degenerative discs
- Back pain due to Pregnancy & Childbirth
- Posture issues
- Ear infections
To aid in your journey towards wellness and superb health, we have provided you with a list of tips you can apply to 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.