Chiropractic is a hands-on non-invasive form of healthcare that deals with the functioning of the nervous system – the information superhighway between your brain and body. Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ of the body. Bony misalignments (subluxations) can interfere with this information superhighway. When this interference occurs, you will not be able to perform to the best of your ability. Consequently, issues such as neck pain, headaches, migraines, low back pain, hip or shoulder pain, or even poor posture, may arise. Chiropractic adjustments to the spine and joints remove interferences to the nervous system, allowing your body to self-correct where it can, and enabling you to experience a better quality of life.
Adjustments are highly specific and controlled. Should you feel some discomfort following an adjustment, it will most often be short-lived, and is comparable to the feeling after starting a new exercise regime.
The crack simply represents pressure being released from the joint, as the connective tissue between the two bones making up the joint comes together. Whether a joint cracks or not does not determine if the adjustment is successful or not, rather it is about the correct direction and amount of force administered.
Similar to training in the gym or exercising to stay fit, it depends on what your goals are. The body signals pain when there is dysfunction. After your initial phase of care, it’s best to stay on top of your health with the occasional tune up. Everyone is different however, and your recommended frequency of care will depend on how you respond to care.