Your questions answered

People often ask “Do chiropractors crack bones?”.  This is a popular misconception, so let’s look at what we do, why we do it and how.  Chiropractic works by identifying the underlying cause of your pain, and correcting it.

Our focus is the nervous system, which consists of your brain, spinal cord and millions of nerves which control virtually every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body.  Twenty four movable bones (vertebrae) encase your spinal cord and the problems start when factors such as accidents, physical stress, mental stress, lack of exercise, poor diet and posture cause these bones to lose their normal position or motion.

This can then cause inflammation of the spinal joints between these vertebrae, and in turn, irritation or compression of the spinal nerves which exit from between the vertebrae and feed all the muscles and organs of your body.  The unfortunate consequence of that chain of events may be localised pain in the spinal joints and nerves, as well as referred pain and compromised function in the muscles and organs that they feed.  Where you feel your symptoms is determined by where the irritation has occurred in your spine.

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This can then cause inflammation of the spinal joints between these vertebrae, and in turn, irritation or compression of the spinal nerves which exit from between the vertebrae and feed all the muscles and organs of your body.  The unfortunate consequence of that chain of events may be localised pain in the spinal joints and nerves, as well as referred pain and compromised function in the muscles and organs that they feed.  Where you feel your symptoms is determined by where the irritation has occurred in your spine.

Thus it stands to sense that if the problem is stemmed at its source, by identifying the vertebrae that aren’t aligned or moving properly, and restoring normal alignment and motion, the body’s inherent healing ability is facilitated, and a more effective, long-term solution is provided, rather than simply masking the symptoms short-term.

Normal alignment and motion of the vertebrae is restored using a wide variety of techniques, and the chiropractor will use those most suited to you, depending on your specific condition, age etc.  One such technique is the chiropractic ‘adjustment’ (manipulation), where a controlled, precise force is applied in a specific direction to the joint in question.  During this procedure, a ‘click’ or ‘pop’ may be heard coming from the joint. This is where the misconception that we crack bones originates, but in fact, the sound is merely the sound of bubbles of gas popping in the fluid of the joint as the pressure is released, rather like when you ‘crack’ your knuckles. In addition to manipulation, the chiropractor may use a variety of other techniques such as massage and stretches, depending on your condition.

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