These are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding chiropractic. Please ask your chiropractor for further clarification of your health care questions.
Q: What Causes the Sound of an Adjustment?
A: Actually, not all adjusting techniques produce the sound associated with "popping knuckles". Some create no sound at all, some a little. Many techniques, however, do create the sound of a spinal "release". What causes it? The mystery may have been solved by a British research team that took x-ray moves of people "popping" their knuckles. The sound appeared to be caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints were slightly separated.
Q: Is it Bad to "Crack" Your Neck or Back a Lot?
A: The desire to pop the neck or back is caused by tension from a jammed or fixated vertebra, which causes another part of the spine to compensate by moving too much and "popping" a lot. The jammed part should be adjusted by a chiropractor so that the rest of the spinal column will balance and stop being so movable and noisy. Also, cracking or popping your neck gives relief for a while, but soon the urge to pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal tension hasn't been corrected.
Q: Do Chiropractors Have Medical (M.D.) Degrees?
A: Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees granted from chiropractic colleges. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in some respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and medical doctors do not correct the vertebral subluxation complex.
Q: Can I Tell if I Have a Subluxation Without Consulting a Chiropractor?
A: Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity-you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That's why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don't. An occasional spinal checkup is always a good idea.
Q: At What Age Should Chiropractic Begin?
A: Newborns have received spinal adjustments especially after difficult or traumatic births. There are case histories of infants close to death who were adjusted in hospitals with seemingly miraculous recoveries.
Q: Can I Go Only Once?
A: Of coarse. Once is better than never. But chiropractic can help in so many ways. Why not ask your chiropractor about your personal spinal care needs.
Q: Is Chiropractic Similar to Massage?
A: No. Chiropractic deals with the spinal column, nervous system, ménages, and body structure. Massage therapists deal with muscle tension, circulation, and body fluid drainage.
Q: Can a Person Who Had Back Surgery See a Chiropractor?
A: Yes. It's an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too-common occurrence is known as "Failed Back Surgery Syndrome". Chiropractic may help prevent repeated operations.
Q: Can Chiropractic Prevent Back Surgery?
A: In a majority of cases the answer is a resounding Yes.
Q: Is Chiropractic Safe?
A: Chiropractic is among the safest of the healing arts. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health professionals. Chiropractor's malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors, especially orthopedist and surgeons.