Chiropractic Spinal Manipulations are probably the most recognized and used technique of chiropractors which is usually what separates Chiropractors from other health professionals. It is a technique where a joint is brought to its end range and then a very small, quick movement is directed to further move the joint.  This allows the joint capsule and surrounding tissues to be stretched allowing for a greater range in motion. As well, this quick thrust creates a neurophysiological effect to the surrounding area to help reset and relax the muscles in the area leading to improved motion, decreased tension, and decrease stiffness. This quick thrust has been shown to be the key mechanism in producing the overall feeling of decreased tension, decreased stiffness, and decreased pain immediately following the manipulation.

Spinal Manipulation of the Lower Spine
Spinal Manipulation of the Lower Spine

What is that "cracking" sound? Chiropractic Spinal Manipulations may or may not create a “cracking” sound heard when a joint is manipulated. It is the same sound that is heard when someone "cracks" their knuckles, their back, their hip, their foot, etc.

The joints in your body are pressurized and contain fluid with dissolved gases, and when the joint is gapped, these gases are rapidly released out of the fluid.  A common example is opening a champagne bottle or pop bottle.  Both are pressurized and when opened, release gases creating the popping sound.  Within 20-30 minutes, the gases go back into the fluid.

Spinal Manipulation of the Center of Back
Spinal Manipulation of the Center of Back

Chiropractic Mobilizations are gentle techniques, and can be used in addition to or alternatively to manipulations that take a joint to their end range of motions and give a small rhythmic stretch to the joints of the spine. This helps to stretch the joint capsule to do numerous things. First, to allow a greater and easier range of motion of the joint, second to help flush out and remove any fluids which have built up within the joint (ie, inflammatory chemicals causing swelling and pain), and thirdly to decrease the amount of tension or compression through the joint which may be putting an aberrant amount of force through the structures of the joint or surrounding tissues.

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