Questions & Answers

What is the audible sound heard during an adjustment?

During an adjustment gases from the joint space are released. It creates a sound similar to the sound of gas being released when a soda can is opened. In general, hearing this sound during an adjustment is good. It means that the joint is moving freely. Imagine several soldiers in a field. When the commander calls attention the soldiers line up. Similarly, an adjustment moves a joint into a neutral position. It is not meant to stay in that position because a joint is movable. During an adjustment, the easeĀ  that a joint moves into that neutral position shows the health and mobility of that joint.

What is subluxation?

A subluxation is a joint that no longer moves properly through a range of motion. Common causes of subluxation include:

  • Improper posture and body mechanics
  • Lack of exercise
  • Accidents
  • Mental and emotional stress
  • Poor diet
  • Environmental pollution

Subluxations oftentimes are painless but if not corrected lead to muscle, joint, disc and nerve injury and eventual joint deterioration (osteoarthritis). In addition, spinal subluxation can alter brain-body communication through the nervous system resulting in organ malfunctions and other natural therapies. The doctors prevent recurrence of subluxations through lifestyle guidance including exercise, posture and dietary recommendations.

Can I tell if I have a spinial subluxation?

Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity – you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups, like regular dental checkups, are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

Once you go to a chiropractor, do you have to go forever?

Absolutely not. Some people use chiropractic to relieve symptoms while others receive chiropractic to improve their overall health and quality of life. We try to educate our patients on the benefits of chiropractic care and allow each person to decide on the treatment that is right for them. Levels of chiropractic care include relief care (symptom oriented), corrective care (correcting subluxation), and health enhancing care (fostering optimum joint and nervous system function).