What Is A Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a precise and very skilled movement which is applied by hand to a joint in your body. The adjustment will help to loosen the joint. It also helps restore the optimal function and proper movement in the joint.
There are many things that we do in everyday life which leads to spine and back misalignment. An adjustment will be able to properly align the joints and will lead to significant improvements in the nervous system and movement. It is also possible that the adjustment will make you more flexible and relaxed.
If you are not in pain before an adjustment is done, you will generally have no soreness after. However, there are some people who feel mildly sore after an adjustment. This will often be likened to the feeling in your muscles after a workout. This pain will be short-lived and will leave you stronger, less stiff and invigorated when it wears off. There is also a release of endorphins linked to adjustments that you can benefit from.
What Causes The Popping And Cracking In An Adjustment?
There are times when the opposing forces that make up your joints become stuck together. This is not in a mechanical sense, but rather like suction. A good example of this will be a suction cup stuck to a mirror with the joint being the connection between the glass and the cup. When the cup is removed, a popping noise will be made.
The same thing happens with your joints. When the suction between the joints is removed, a popping or cracking noise will be made. This is the same as when you remove the suction cup and leads to the crack heard in knuckles.
When an adjustment is done, the noise you hear could be the vacuum release of gas which is held in the fluid in the joint capsule. This can happen with minimal movements of millimeters.
Will It Hurt To Get A Chiropractic Adjustment?
Everyone’s body is different and will react differently to certain things including chiropractic adjustments. However, the study of chiropractic medicine has a long and established history. This means that the adjustment procedures these professionals carry out have been extensively and rigorously researched.
It is important to note that the most common side effect of these adjustments is minimal soreness. However, this will lead to a general relief of pain.