Chiropractic Myths and Facts

Here’s the real deal...

Myth “Chiropractic treatment involves cracking my spine”

Fact One part of Chiropractic treatment involves applying quick, precise pressure to the joint, which creates a cracking or a popping noise. This is called an adjustment. The popping noise doesn’t come from your bones, but from the release of a gas bubble when two joints are separated. This is just like when you pop your knuckles, or you scrunch up your toes first thing in the morning.

Myth “No one should use so much pressure on my spine…that can’t be right.”

Fact The adjustment does not involve a great deal of force. Skill, positioning, speed, and timing are more important than force.

Myth “I heard that cracking your joints can cause arthritis?”

Fact There is no reason to think there is a connection. In fact, an adjustment increases mobility, reduces pressure on the joints, muscles, and nerves, and allows the spine to return to a natural position and movement.