Will the chiropractic treatment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment can vary from gentle to deep. Some cases will feel little pain and others can be intense, what our patients will often call good pain. Furthermore, the amount of pain is not just a function of treatment intensity, but more to do with your body's sensitivity. People in acute pain with lots of swelling will definitely be more sensitive. All the more reason to see us before things get worse. Finally, if you are in the small minority and thing hurt bad, it will almost always be very brief, usually a matter of seconds. In those cases most people are glad to trade short term pain for long term relief.
Why does the chiropractic adjustment make a cracking noise?
Some (not all) of chiropractic adjustments cause a phenomena called cavitation in a joint in the body. Cavitation creates the popping or cracking sound. It is the same phenomena that makes your fingers crack when you pull them. It is due to a breaking of the suction between joint surfaces.
If you are new to chiropractic, generally neck adjustments are the loudest, because they occur close to the ears. It sounds muck like you are popping bubble sheets next to your ears. Children can be prepared (less surprised) if they understand that their neck is going to make popcorn sounds, since it sounds like their head is next to a popcorn marker. Knowing this, most find it entertaining rather than scary. Cavitation is not painful.
Where can I find more information about Chiropractors and Registered Massage Therapists?
Please visit www.bcchiro.com and www.ccachiro.org for information about Chiropractors in Canada.
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