Myth: Chiropractic treatment involves cracking my spine.
Fact: One part of chiropractic treatment involves applying quick, precise pressure to the joint, which creates a cracking or popping noise. This is called an adjustment. The popping noise doesn't come from your bones, but from the release of a gas bubble when two joints are separated. This is just like when you pop your knuckles or you scrunch your toes first thing in the morning.
Myth: No one should use so much pressure on my spine—that can't be right.
Fact: The adjustment does not involve a great deal of force. Skill, positioning, speed and timing are more important than force.
Myth: I heard cracking your joints can cause arthritis.
Fact: There is no reason to think there is a connection. In fact, an adjustment increases mobility, reduces pressure on the joints, muscles and nerves, and allows the spine to return to a natural position.