Southington CT Chiropractor Dr. Rob Shaw explains
So what makes that popping noise you hear commonly during a Chiropractic adjustment? Some people believe bones are cracking. For the longest time Chiropractors chalked it up the escape of gas when a subluxation (misaligned/fixated vertebrae) is unlocked – and that has some validity. Gas is involved in the process, but more to vacuum, according to a new study published April 15 in PLOS ONE.
“It’s a little bit like forming a vacuum,” study researcher Greg Sawchuk, a professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Alberta in Canada, said in a statement. “As the joint surfaces suddenly separate, there is no more fluid available to fill the increasing joint volume, so a cavity is created, and that event is what’s associated with the sound.”
Thanks to modern motion MRI imaging now you can actually ‘see the pop’ in action. Check out the video below…
As you can see no damage is being done to the joint during the process. Ligaments aren’t snapping, bones aren’t breaking… just the formation of a cavitation vacuum. And as many of the clients of Shaw Family Chiropractic will tell you, the sense of relief and freedom after that cavitation is welcoming.
So the next time someone tells you they’d never let a Chiropractor ‘crack their spine’ you can respond with confidence and knowledge – tell them Chiropractors don’t crack spines… they adjust them safely with precision and specificity to make your Life better. The pop is nothing to be afraid of.