Chiropractic Medicine is a non-invasive manipulation or movement of the joints. Joint manipulation is characteristically associated with the production of an audible ‘clicking’ or ‘popping’ sound. This sound is believed to be the result of a phenomenon known as cavitation, occurring within the synovial fluid of the joint. When a manipulation is performed, the gently applied force separates the articular surfaces of a fully encapsulated synovial joint. This releases the joint capsule and intra-articular tissues, which in turn creates a reduction of pressure within the joint cavity. In this low pressure environment, some of the gases that are dissolved in the synovial fluid (which are naturally found in all bodily fluids) leave solution creating a bubble or cavity, which rapidly collapses upon itself, resulting in a ‘popping’ sound. In other words, lubricating fluids separate the bones of each joint. Some adjusting methods can produce a sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It is much like the ‘pop’ from opening a bottle of champagne. While this sound is interesting, it is not a guide to the quality or value of the manipulation
While traditional, manual manipulation may still be the preferred style, alternate techniques do exist. Our office also offers instrument adjusting that allows a more gentle manipulation of the spine. A small hand held instrument using minimal force is manually moved down either side of the spine to adjust the subluxations. You will not hear any popping sounds associated with it. This instrument is also beneficial for adjusting other joints in the body. Similarly, another hand held instrument, called an Activator may also be used.
• Restores normal motion to the joints of spine and extremities
• Relaxes tight muscles
• Improves coordination
• Inhibits pain