It is important to realize that not every adjustment results in a popping sound, in fact, some chiropractic adjusting techniques never cavitate the joint. I personally use a mixture of techniques in which some create the sound and some don’t. The point is, while a ‘pop’ is sometimes felt when giving and adjustment (which by the way does feel great) it is not an indicator of whether or not the correct motion has been restored. This is why we always re-check that area again after the adjustment to determine if proper motion has been restored. For those of you that are not keen on having their joints “cracked” then these techniques, that don’t create the popping sound, may be for you. Please discuss with me if you are not comfortable with the sound and we can discuss the options with you.
Still on the “cracking” topic, the other question I get asked a lot is, Does cracking my knuckles lead to arthritis? The simple answer is no. There have been a few studies that investigated whether or not cracking knuckles caused arthritis. They did conclude that cracking knuckles will not increase the risk of arthritis, but (and there is
always a but) knuckle cracking was related to hand swelling and lower grip strength and there may be a connection to soft tissue injuries. So, even though it will not give you arthritis, it may not be a good habit to get into.
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