The word chiropractic means “treatment by hand,” and this sums up the essence of what a chiropractor does. Our bodies move and hold postures by the interaction of muscles, nerves and joints. Most of the time, this movement goes on pain-free, but sometimes because of the stresses of life, or because of an injury or accident, dysfunctions happen, and, over time, these dysfunctions make themselves known through pain.
Chiropractors are trained in the hands-on techniques necessary to locate pain, diagnose its cause and apply a customized treatment that will restore you to proper function.
Chiropractors: Trained Heath Professionals
Canadian chiropractors must complete at minimum 3 years of university studies; this is then followed by 4 years at an accredited chiropractic college. Much of a chiropractic student’s 4500 hours of education is spent in supervised clinical practice. Following the successful completion of their education, chiropractors must pass both a provincial and a national exam before they earn the right to practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC).
What Exactly Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
An adjustment is a quick, precise movement applied by the skilled hand of a chiropractor. Adjustments loosen joints and restore movement and function. When joints are adjusted, they release a gas bubble, which causes the popping sound many talk about when describing chiropractic work.
Adjustment techniques have been researched extensively by the profession, and side effects/complications are minor.
Common Chiropractic Myths
Myth: During treatment, a chiropractor will crack my spine.
Fact: When a chiropractor makes an adjustment by applying quick, precise pressure, a cracking or popping noise is heard. This is not, however, coming from the bone. Rather, this noise is the gas bubble that is released when joints are separated. It’s the same as what happens when you pop your knuckles.
Myth: Chiropractic adjustments involve applying a great deal of force on my spine.
Fact: Each adjustment does not involve force so much as it does skill, positioning, speech and timing.
Myth: Cracking my joints is going to cause arthritis.
Fact: There is no connection between chiropractic adjustments and arthritis. Adjustments increase your mobility as well as reduce pressure on the joints, muscles and nerves. They also allow the spine to return to a natural position.