Popping Sound During a Chiropractic Adjustment

January 11th, 2019
Chiropractic Adjustment

What is that Chiropractic Pop?

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. These disorders affect the nervous system’s function and your general health. The chiropractor’s clinical work focuses on manual treatments which include spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation. Chiropractic care aims to find where any breakdowns in the body are taking place, fix them and optimize movement and health.

What to Expect When You Visit a Chiropractor

When you come into our Tillicum location for your first chiropractic assessment, the chiropractor will take you through a thorough history. Questions you’ll be asked will be about the micro (the pain itself) and macro (factors in your life that may be causing your pain) factors. The chiropractor will perform a physical examination in which he does a series of orthopaedic tests, palpation, range of motion and neurological analysis to confirm or rule out relevant disorders. The chiropractor will provide you with a diagnosis and plan of management. He will help rid you of your pain temporarily and give you self-sustaining education and self-care skills for long-term relief.

What’s happening during a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is also called a chiropractic manipulation. This generally involves positioning the patient in specific ways so the chiropractor can perform a quick movement to correct abnormal movement patterns. This helps correct misaligned posture and joints. When a joint fails to function normally it causes unusual movement patterns. Chiropractic care can increase range of motion, reduce nerve irritability and improve function. That’s what chiropractors are trained to enhance. With treatment, patients often feel a sensation of relief from discomfort and tightness.

But what’s that cracking sound?

It doesn’t happen every time, but chiropractic patients often hear a popping sound when joints are being therapeutically manipulated. Don’t worry. Nothing’s wrong. What you’re hearing is called joint cavitation and it is not at all unexpected or harmful.

That little pop is thought to be caused by a change in joint tension. When the chiropractor performs the adjustment, the joint space opens minutely allowing a release of pressure. The cracking sound is nothing more than a result of the positive mechanical change which yields increased movement and improvement in overall function.

Either way, no worries. That little pop won’t hurt you. Also, don’t be concerned if you don’t hear the popping sound when you receive a chiropractic adjustment. You will still get the therapeutic benefit of the chiropractic manipulation whether you hear anything or not. It’s the movement of the joint that is significant, not the pop.

Who is Our Chiropractor?

After obtaining his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Guelph, Marc Bijman completed his Doctor of Chiropractic at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Marc uses his clinical knowledge and evidence-based research to work with each patient’s unique needs.

Your treatment plan could become any combination of spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, pain management techniques, active rehabilitation, and core strengthening exercises. Marc is especially in tune with people suffering low back pain, neck pain and headaches. He believes in pain management but also optimizes your health potential through adjustments, proper nutrition, enough sleep, and appropriate exercise.

The word “equilibrium” means a state of physical balance and a calm state of mind. Chiropractic treatment can be part of the equation your mind and body needs to find that balance. Working together, the integrated healthcare team at Equilibrium will help you achieve that healthy balance.

Feel better. Be better.

~ Robert Chute RMT (Ret.) is the author of Do The Thing, The Last Stress-busting Book You’ll Ever Need.