In order to enter the draw we asked for questions that have been on your mind. Over the next few weeks I will be answering those questions the best that I can.
The first question I received was regarding the “noise” that is heard during an adjustment.
If you are new to chiropractic, here is a bit of background first. Let me tell you that Chiropractic is safe, gentle and can benefit everyone. Even babies to the elderly get adjusted. Chiropractors are doctors that have attended at least three years of university and then four years at a chiropractic college. After graduation chiropractors then have to successfully pass several exams to earn their licenses and practice in Ontario specifically.
We are trained to assess and determine how the body moves in many directions, looking at the bones, muscles and other soft tissues. If it is determined that there is a loss of movement or pain with movement, then a chiropractic adjustment may be suggested as part of recommended treatment plan.
It does not hurt to be adjusted. In fact, many people experience a sense of well-being or calmness after the adjustment.
Only the joints that need to be moved are actually adjusted.
So back to the question, what is the “noise” and can I avoid it?
There are lubricating fluids within each joint in our body. Some adjusting techniques move the joints quickly and can produce a sound when the gas in the joint fluids move around. This is like opening a can of pop or removing a suction cup. The sound can be startling but it isn’t an indicator if the adjustment happened.
The noise that is heard from the adjustment will sound louder to you if the treatment is on your neck (and closer to your ears) than if it is in your low back. There are some types of adjustments that use the table cushion’s dropping mechanism and this may mask the sounds of the joints.
The most important point is to talk to Dr. Jim or Dr. Kathleen and discuss any questions or concerns. Only when you are comfortable should any treatment happen.
It has always been my opinion that your body was designed to heal itself- completely. Only when you face a hurdle that your body cannot get over by itself, do we as chiropractors step in to provide assistance over that hurdle. Let us help you, help yourself.
Finally, I also get asked, can a person get ‘addicted’ to the adjustment? I believe that what you get is not “addicted” but you enjoy the benefits your body experiences from having less pain and more movement.