Chiropractic FAQ


What Is Chiropractic?

The word “chiropractic” derived its name from the Greek words meaning “done by hand”. Chiropractic is a conservative approach to health restoration, maintenance, and disease resistance. As a natural health-care method, chiropractic, by choice, does not utilize drugs or surgical procedures. While chiropractic recognizes that drugs and surgery may be necessary at times, it also understands their limitations and risks. Therefore, chiropractic takes a non-invasive approach to illness.

What does Chiropractic treat?

Headaches, backaches, joint dysfunction, pain in joints, Sciatica, muscle pulls and muscle spasm, neuritis and neuropathies. As chiropractors, if there is a joint that hurts or a nerve that is pinched then we can most likely help it.

What Is An Adjustment?

An adjustment is a specific force, done by hand or instrument, which allows a chiropractor to manipulate the joints of the body. A chiropractor will feel a joint and judge if it is moving the way it should and adjust it to allow for proper function and movement.

Can I get a Friend to Crack My Back?

One chiropractor’s response: You can, but you can also cut your own hair and perform your own dental work. I would advise against doing any of those things and find someone who went to school to do specialized things, such as adjusting someone’s back. As a chiropractor, I was taught when and when not to adjust.

Second chiropractor’s response: Chiropractors like to be the only ones that adjusts your back. Chiropractors should be the only ones to adjust you, period. Chiropractors stand ready to help in all cases to ​improve you​ to the point that your function is at the best it can be, and to keep that function at a ​high​ level.

Should I crack my own back, neck, fingers or wrist?

Chiropractors don’t mind if you crack your back or fingers, and chiropractors stand ready to assist you if it would cause you to be sore from doing so. Chiropractors would prefer you don’t pop your joints more than once a day.

Do Adjustments Hurt?

One chiropractor’s response: Adjustments shouldn’t hurt. However, everyone reacts differently to an adjustment and you may be sore afterwards. It’s like going to the gym, if it’s been a while, you will likely be sore; if you haven’t been adjusted in a while (or have never been adjusted) you may experience soreness.

If you do feel sore after following an adjustment, please let me know and I can do other things and try my best to make sure you walk out feeling better than you did walking in.

Second chiropractor’s response: Adjustments are usually not painful and feel very much like if you pop your own joints. However chiropractors do it with a specific purpose to help restore function when they adjust you.

Is It Bad If My Body Cracks Or Pops During An Adjustment?

One chiropractor’s response: No, not at all, it’s what we call a cavitation and usually happens when an adjustment is performed. However the presence of a cavitation is not necessary for the adjustment to be performed correctly.

Second chiropractor’s response: It is preferred to get a good dynamic pop during the adjustment. Adjusting the joint does not always cause a pop and can be beneficial even if it doesn’t pop.

How long will the adjustment last before I need another one?

Adjusting joints is an accumulative effect. Each adjustment adds on to the last one. ​I​f all areas of your body are in optimum operating status the adjustments will last for months. If you have some weakness or postural or positioning disadvantages, then the adjustment can last as short as 3 days.

Can a Chiropractor Help With Migraines and Headaches?

One chiropractor’s response: Chiropractic can most definitely help with migraines and headaches. Often it is the muscles just at the base of the skull that are in spasm causing these headaches. A chiropractor can adjust the vertebrae and work on those muscles to help alleviate the pain caused by migraines and headaches.

Second chiropractor’s response: Yes​, chiropractic can help with headaches and migraine. Adjustments may decrease the intensity and the duration, as well as the frequencies of headaches and migraines. The top t​w​o vertebrae of the spine are in close promotion to the brain and by adjusting them in a specific manner, may reduce headaches and their effects.

Once I Get An Adjustment, Will I Always Need To Be Adjusted?

One chiropractor’s response: Look at it like this: We all regularly brush our teeth and go to the dentist to keep up with dental health. We take our cars in for an oil change or a tire alignment. Chiropractic can do for your health what all of these things do for your dental health or car maintenance. If you take care of your spine and get adjusted regularly you’ll be taking care of your whole body, after all, the nervous system is what controls the rest of the body.

Second chiropractor’s response: If all things are perfect in your life like posture, positioning while standing ​and ​sitting then you will need less adjusting. As we stand against gravity we will need occasional adjusting to reverse the effects of gravity and keep us​ functioning​ optimally.

Can you adjust other joints in the body other than the spine?

Yes if there is a joint there ​, a chiropractor can adjust it. ​Chiropractors adjust toes, fingers, knees, ankles, shoulders and elbows as well.

What Is Chiropractic Maintenance?

Maintenance therapy is defined as a treatment plan that seeks to prevent disease, promotes health, and prolong and enhance the quality of life; or therapy that is performed to maintain or prevent deterioration of a chronic condition. The frequency of chiropractic maintenance visits is determined by you and the chiropractic physician.

In many cases, you might not even realize your spine is misaligned, because you may not be experiencing pain. But misalignments can lead to a gradual deterioration of your health and well-being. This is where your Chiropractor can help. By correcting spinal mis-alignments and removing the interference in your nervous system, your Chiropractor can help your body function more efficiently on all levels. And while pain often motivates people to seek the help of a Chiropractor, you do not have to be in pain or discomfort to benefit from Chiropractic adjustments. In fact, ongoing chiropractic care may promote your body’s ability to heal itself and may lead to decreased incidences of certain ailments and injuries, while helping you reach and maintain your optimal health goals.

At The Joint, our mission is to help improve the quality of life through affordable and convenient chiropractic care.