Does Chiropractic Hurt?

If you are a chiropractic patient it is not uncommon to be asked questions by friends and family who are curious or nervous about chiropractic. “Does the cracking bother you?” “Does it hurt?” These are two of the most common questions and it is important to ask questions. Know the facts, especially when it comes down to your body and choosing a more natural approach to health care. It is also beneficial to know the facts about chiropractic to convey its effects to others. So today, we will discuss the two most common questions.

The first question relates to the “cracking” noise and that when a person receives an adjustment, they are getting their spine “cracked.” So, let’s talk about that crack because not knowing what the noise is that patient’s hear when going to a chiropractor has probably scared a lot of people away. The noise is not bones breaking or rubbing, it is actually gas that’s being released from the joints that is being moved by the chiropractor just like your knuckles make noise when you move them. Chiropractors gently mobilize vertebrae using what’s called a chiropractic adjustment and when they do that patient’s hear a little click. When receiving a neck adjustment that noise of gas escaping between the joints is a little louder because it is closer to the ears. It does not take long to get accustomed to the noise and it does not hurt.

Which brings us to the second question that most people ask, does it hurt? One thing to be aware of is people of all ages get treated by a chiropractor, from newborn babies, to the other spectrum, where the elderly get adjusted. Not many parents would like to see their child in pain and bring their babies to a chiropractor if it caused pain. The same would apply to older patients who deal with pain on a daily basis and seek chiropractors for relief from that pain. What chiropractors do is modify the technique for the person on the chiropractic table. Different techniques are used on a newborn compared to that of an athlete or a senior or a middle aged parent. The only time that a chiropractic adjustment can be a little more sensitive or tender is when a patient has muscles and joints that are so rigid and tight that any amount of pressure is going to create discomfort. It can be compared to going to the gym or exercising when you haven’t exercised in a while and the next morning you wake up and you’re a little stiff.

Hopefully, this helps explain chiropractic a little better so you can more easily share your experience.

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