It is understandable that while many people love and swear by chiropractic care, others may be nervous or apprehensive about it. Are you nervous or apprehensive? Here are the top 5 reasons people are "nervous" about chiropractic...based on my experience with patients new to chiropractic.
1. The "pop"...
The "pop" that is often associated with an adjustment is not the cracking of bone or tearing of soft tissues. The scientific name for the sound is "cavitation". The moveable joints in the spine are called synovial joints and they produce a lubricant known as synovial fluid that provides nutrients to the joints and allows them the move better. The byproducts during the formation of the synovial fluid are gasses such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. The chiropractic adjustment gaps or opens those synovial joints allowing those gasses to be released, thus causing the "pop" sound. It is similar to the "pop" that occurs when you open a can of soda, and equally as satisfying!
2. The thrust...
The thrust is the pressure applied rapidly to a specific vertebral segment usually resulting in the aforementioned "pop". In chiropractic, this is known as HVLA or a high velocity, low amplitude thrust, meaning the adjustment is applied with low force, but very quickly. Speed is the key!
3. Does it hurt or will it worsen my injury?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chiropractic is safe and effective when employed skillfully and appropriately. However, side effects can occur following chiropractic adjustments such as soreness and stiffness, but those subside within 24 to 48 hours. The benefits of chiropractic care far outweigh these adverse effects. The adjustment opens the joint spaces, relieves pressure on the nerves, and realigns the spine which allows the soft tissues, such as muscles, ligaments and discs, to heal properly.
4. Have you had a bad experience with a chiropractor or heard of someone else's bad experience?
Here at Pro Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on providing the best patient care possible. We continue learning the newest adjusting and soft tissue techniques that will benefit our patients. Think of it this way...if you hired a plumber that didn't fix your leak or tracked mud through your house, you wouldn't fire all plumbers, just that one. Chiropractic is much the same. It is important to find a chiropractor that makes you feel safe and comfortable…like these guys!
5. Lack of knowledge...
Many people fear the unknown, and that is no different when deciding to try chiropractic care. If you don't know what chiropractic is or what it can do, it can seem scary or intimidating. Visit the tab labeled "Chiropractic" to learn more about what we do.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!