One of the most common statements I hear when someone comes to see me is, my back has gone out, can you pop/crack it back in. This statement leads to my usual response, if your back has gone out, then where did it go? It is a common misnomer that people have that their backs can “go out”. Unless you have a significant injury with a traumatic joint separation and dislocation, it is unlikely that you back is “out”. What actually occurs is that a joint complex has lost its normal motion and is fixed or stuck, which can then cause pain, irritation to nerves etc. Chiropractors, call this joint dysfunction a Subluxation. Rather than 'popping' or 'cracking' it back we chiropractors perform an adjustment, with the intention of restoring normal motion back to the joint. Various techniques that chiropractors use do create a popping or cracking sound. So what is this popping sound that you hear during a chiropractic adjustment? One thing I can say is that is not “bones cracking”.
Based on the results of some research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, it would appear it could. The study, entitled "Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulative Therapy on Judo Athletes' Grip Strength" by M, Botelho and B, Andrade, looked at the effect of chiropractic spinal manipulation on a team of top Judo Athletes. The results showed that there was a statistically significant increase in the grip strength in the treatment group compared to the sham group. Over the three treatments the treatment group received, the left hand grip strength improved by up to 11.53% and the right hand improved by up to 17.02%. This is quite a big improvement.
The results of this can be useful for anyone who requires grip strength for their work, sports or hobbies. Think of cricket or tennis players that need to hold onto their bat or racket. Think of tradies, like builders and plumbers, who need good grip strength to hold onto their tools. How could an improvement like this help you in your work, sports or activities? If you would like to find out some more about chiropractic care and how it may be able to help or benefit you, contact us.
The research article can be found at www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(11)00223-5/abstract
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