Though I’ve been a chiropractor for 28 years, I still get similar chiropractic questions from patients. Back when I was in Chiropractic school in the 1980’s after graduating Villanova, you couldn’t find much on chiropractic. Now I know the internet wasn’t around yet. However, I’m talking about general research about the great effects chiropractic can bring to your health. This was also a bone of contention with the medical field. They base everything on research and didn’t think we could help people because it wasn’t in the literature. We know that wasn’t true but they wanted to see proof. Since those days, chiropractic has come a long, long way in the field of research. Tens of thousands of studies have been published in journals such as The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), and many others. We have U.S. Government studies that show for back pain, chiropractic is your best bet for care. Still, I get some of the same questions now that I got back when I was right out of school. So let me answer some of them now as I write this. 1) Do adjustments hurt? This is the most common one. As a general rule, no. However, especially if chiropractic is new to you, there may be some slight discomfort later in the evening or the next day. This is similar to going to the gym for the first time. It feels goo and you’re doing something healthy for your body. However your muscles weren’t familiar with that movement and are sore. The same rule applies to bones that got used to one (bad) position and aren’t used to the new one. It doesn’t last long. 2) How long before I get better. It all depends. If you had a problem for many years, it will take some time to reverse that. Your symptoms may go away quickly but the true problem will take longer. I always do a re-evaluation after a month of care and expect a lot of improvement by then. 3) How come I need adjustments if I’m not in pain? Very popular as the chiropractic questions go. It’s important for you to know that spinal dysfunction always happens before the back or neck have pain. Your body also has a natural way of alternating your mechanics (compensate) to avoid pain. Initially that’s okay but not good in the long run. By maintaining your spine we can prevent these problems from happening. Think of what would happen if you never changed the oil in your car. 4) What is that popping sound I hear during an adjustment. Another goodie! The popping sound you hear are caused by gas bubbles being suddenly released from the spinal joints during the adjustment. The noise or sound is completely normal. It doesn’t cause any discomfort or pain. 5) If I turn my neck or stretch my back, I sometimes her the popping. Am I adjusting myself? It does feel good when that happens. But it is mostly a gas release. When I adjust, I put a force to a specific segment to “move” it. Both cause a gas pop but that is all your doing with stretching.
These are the most common. If you have more chiropractic questions, I’m always happy to answer them. Just give me a call at Breakthough Wellness Center, 732-303-1425, or come for a consultation. You will be glad you did.