Chiropractic is a licensed health care profession that emphasizes the body’s ability to heal itself. Treatment typically involves manual therapy, often including spinal adjustments. Other forms of treatment, such as soft tissue massage, exercise, and nutritional counseling, may be used as well.
The manual treatment methods used by chiropractors range from stretching and sustained pressure to specific joint manipulations, which are usually delivered by hand and involve a quick and gentle thrust. The purpose of the adjustment is to improve joint motion and function. Adjustments are most commonly done on the spine, but other parts of the body may also be treated in this way.
What is that “cracking or popping” sound from a chiropractic adjustment?
This is caused by small pockets of air or bubbles, which are in the fluid that surrounds your joints. When joint tissues are stretched during a chiropractic adjustment, the pockets of airshift which creates that cracking or popping sound you hear.
Melissa Miller is a licensed chiropractor in both Kentucky and New York. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and has been licensed for over 25 years. Also, a massage therapist, Dr. Miller has been an educator of both Chiropractors and Massage Therapists. >> Learn More