Chiropractic Adjustment FAQ

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Chiropractic Adjustment FAQ

Many of our patients have a lot of questions and concerns about getting adjusted. People seem to have a wide array of impressions of what a chiropractic adjustments is and what it does. Here is a list of some of the common questions that people ask (or are afraid to ask).

What is an adjustment?

An adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body. Adjustment loosens a joint to restore proper movement and optimize function.

What is the popping noise?

When a joint needs to be adjusted, it usually means that the two opposing surfaces that make up the joint are stuck together. They are not stuck in a mechanical sense, but rather “suction” sense. Picture a suction cup on a mirror (the joint would be the interface between the suction cup and the mirror). When the joint suction is removed by hand, it makes a “popping” sound, just like pulling a suction cup off of a mirror!

So, when a chiropractor adjusts your spine (or any other joint in your body), the sound is not a cracking, so much as a release of pressure.

Are adjustments safe?

Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Complications are rare and side effects, such as temporary soreness, are usually minor. Your chiropractor is well trained to determine if your problem will respond to chiropractic care or if you require referral to another health care provider.

Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

The short answer: no. Although the most common side effect of a chiropractor adjusting your spine may be soreness, it is generally very infrequent and minimal. Everybody reacts differently to an adjustment, but very few people find adjustments painful. If they do, it is not normally repeated.

Chiropractors are trained to deliver spinal adjustments for a minimum of three years before being allowed to perform an adjustment (all of thiese years coming after an undergraduate degree). Many other professions also attempt to use adjustments (manipulations, as they are often called) as part of their treatment regimen, but generally have minimal training in doing so. Chiropractors are by far the most qualified professionals to deliver a spinal manipulation.

Why is my spine being adjusted, even though the pain is elsewhere?

There are many answers to this question:

1 – Because the location of the pain is not normally the only site of dysfunction. The spine is the foundation of human movement. Without the ability to produce stability in certain areas of the spine and mobility in others, movement of the limbs becomes abnormal. This often leads to pain in areas with more complex function, such as the shoulder, knee, hip, or ankle. Adjusting the spine when appropriate can assure that your limbs have the right foundation off of which to operate.

2 – Because adjusting the spine can help prevent lots of problems.

Research has shown that people who get adjusted regularly spend less time on medications, spend less time in the hospital, and experience a significant reduction in many common ailments such as headaches and knee pains

3- Because adjusting the spine can improve lots of other things.

Getting adjusted has been shown to improve a wide array of positive health measures such as immune system response, divergent thinking, lung capacity, and stress response.

Can chiropractic adjustments cure diseases?

Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to keep your body healing and operating at its optimal function. If your body’s natural healing abilities are suppressed or deteriorated in some way, a chiropractic adjustment may help you on your path to healing. If, in the process of helping your body return to its natural equilibrium, an adjustment helps your body to fight its own battle with a little more pinach, then a chiropractic adjustment can indeed help fight off certain ailments.

We should also note that, at Valeo, we offer much more than a simple adjustment. The clinicians here have a variety of backgrounds and treat all resolvable complaints with a wide array of tools, of which the adjustment is one.

*Disclaimer. If you have been told by your chiropractor that they can “cure” ailments such as asthma, epilepsy, or even cancer, we would suggest that you get a second opinion. This is especially true if they claim to be the only one in your geographical vicinity with such “abilities”.

Should I get adjusted by a chiropractor, even if I don’t really want to?

Getting adjusted is a very healthy habit. Not only will it help you move better and feel better, the research shows that people who use chiropractors as their primary form of medical care lead much healthier lives overall.

With that being said, no chiropractor should ever adjust you without your full consent. At Valeo, your questions will be answered and your concerned will be addressed before any our our chiropractors adjusts you. If you desire to get treated without an adjustment (which many people do), there are numerous other ways which we can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.


Looking for more information about the service and care delivered by the chiropractors at Valeo? Check out this page.