Golden Spines Chiropractic
An adjustment is gentle and brings many health benefits
What is a chiropractic adjustment?A chiropractic adjustment is a specific and controlled pressure or force directed to a specific locked or fixed joint, all with the purpose of correcting any spinal misalignments and any interference to neural signals that can occur due to those misalignments, thereby improving spinal function, releasing muscle tension and improving general health.
What is the noise you hear when you get an adjustment?When you get an adjustment, you may hear a ‘pop’ or ‘click’, which sounds and looks fairly painful but in fact is extremely safe when performed by a registered chiropractor. The answer to “what is it?” is purely chemical – it’s all a matter of gas! A joint has a fluid-like substance bathing it to create lubrication and decrease friction when it moves. Within this fluid there are air bubbles (mainly nitrogen and carbon dioxide) contained within it. A joint that has become misaligned has a build-up of these gases, so that when the chiropractor performs the adjustment, causing the joint to open, the sudden escape of gases creates a ‘pop’ sound, a bit like opening a champagne bottle. However, if you don’t hear the popping this doesn’t mean the adjustment was ineffective – in fact, there are many chiropractic adjustments that don’t produce a sound at all. The sound is interesting, but in itself is not a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
Is chiropractic safe?According to a New Zealand Government inquiry, chiropractic is “remarkably safe”(1) due to the fact that we avoid potentially harmful drugs and risky surgery. Like all health professions, there is a risk, but it is extremely minimal, due to the years of training, practice and experience a chiropractor must go through to become registered. For anyone in ‘at risk’ categories, a thorough examination will identify the rare person for whom chiropractic is unsuitable. To put it in perspective, the comparison of chiropractic care and a course of anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate the pain of a mis-alignment has demonstrated conclusively that chiropractic is 250 times safer (2). Chiropractors perform their adjustments or re-alignments on millions of people around the world every working day with the resulting relief and easing of pain provided for countless sufferers.
- Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand
- Dabbs,V., & Lauretti,W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536