That Noise You May Hear During a Chiropractic Adjustment
Sometimes it’s simply the unfamiliarity with how chiropractors help heal patients that cause some to hesitate to come in for an adjustment. Knowing that sometimes the chiropractor will elicit a cracking sound when manipulating the patient’s body, can be unsettling the first time. However, the patient’s resulting physical relief is immeasurable. At Dr. Monte Hessler – Team Chiropractor, we understand how new patients sometimes feel during the first visits. In fact, he encourages questions and is happy to address patient concerns.
What Is a Subluxation?
A chiropractor might explain that a subluxation is a joint that no longer has its normal range of motion. When a Phoenix, AZ chiropractor is performing a chiropractic adjustment on a patient, he or she is adjusting a subluxation, or stuck joint. Stuck joints or subluxations can present with any of these symptoms:
- A lack of motion, or stiffness.
- The inability to stand up straight or turn one’s head.
- Loss of function.
The Popping Sound
When your chiropractor adjusts a subluxation, they may use any number of methods to do so. One of the most common is to locate the area of the spine that needs adjustment. With a quick but painless thrust of their hands, a popping sound may emit from the treated area and the subluxation is corrected. Contrary to popular belief, the bones are not cracked. In fact, the chiropractic adjustment opens the joint which releases the sticky substance that caused the joint to stick in the first place. That release can cause the popping sound, otherwise known as a cavitation. It’s actually a release of gas.
How the Spine Works
Synovial joints are the joints of the spine. Synovial joints generate what is known as synovial fluid. It lubricates the joints for ease of movement. When the synovial joints generate this fluid, they also generate gases: CO2, nitrogen, and oxygen. After your chiropractor adjusts a subluxation which may result in the popping sound, the synovial fluids are once again able to lubricate the joints and the patient regains mobility.
How a Chiropractic Adjustment Works
Your chiropractor can review this with you during your visit. Generally speaking, this is what happens when a chiropractic adjustment on a patient:
- He uses a high velocity but short arm thrust on a vertebra.
- This results in joint cavitation by the release of gases.
- The patient feels a sense of relief in most cases. In some cases, they may experience a minor and brief sense of discomfort if they tense up during the adjustment or if the surrounding muscles are in a state of spasm.
Schedule a Phoenix, AZ Chiropractic Adjustment Today
If you’re experiencing stiffness or pain in your back, you may benefit from a chiropractic visit. Lower back pain sufferers have discovered the healing effects of a subluxation adjustment. Call us at Dr. Monte Hessler – Team Chiropractor – today to schedule an appointment for a consultation, exam, and a possible chiropractic adjustment Phoenix, AZ patients find relief from. Dr. Monte Hessler is a skilled chiropractor who can provide you with the relief you need.