As part of this months theme around addictions, we’re going to talk about self ‘cracking’ joints and ask the question, ‘Is there an alternative?’
Hi, I’m Dr. Andrew Arnold, Chiropractor, Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.
I see chronic self ‘crackers’ all the time, from fingers to necks to low backs, and all varying frequencies and intensities. I’m talking about 1x a week to several times an hour.
In fact, the need for that euphoric endorphin release associated with the ‘crack’ often leads to needing to do it more and more, much the same as a typical addiction.
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘The problem is as the spinal joint becomes more and more inflamed and unstable this may lead to wear and tear and along with that, more pain.
For many people, the very thought of a Chiropractor cracking your bones can be daunting. Much of this fear comes from not knowing exactly what’s going on, so I would first like to explore the ‘cracking’ myth and then offer you an alternative.
First of all, Chiropractors don’t actually crack anything! Every joint in your body is a relatively sealed unit much like your inner ear. When I say sealed I’m referring to a net-like material with minute holes allowing passage of tiny molecules such as gases.
When we push on a joint we force gases to pass between these minute holes. This equalizes the pressure outside with that on the inside. The result is a pop noise much like your ear popping when you are on a plane. The pop is a signal that the joint is moving or behaving differently, hopefully in a better way than before. This is what happens when a Chiropractor cracks your joints.
Even with this information people still, feel uncomfortable with having their spines cracked.
At Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre we have been focusing for the past several years on a ‘non-cracking’ treatment and what’s interesting is oftentimes the less force we use, the more powerful the techniques. That’s right, more effective, longer lasting results, and much less comfortable. You’ll feel refreshed and revived rather than possibly, that run over by a truck feeling from a more manual approach.
So what’s involved?
This involves using instrument-assisted techniques such as an Activator, Chiropractic adjusting instruments and electrical adjusting tools. These tools are gentle and effective when used by a Chiropractor who has specific training.
When your spine is managed properly, in my experience you may then feel less urge to self-manipulate.
For more information please visit us online www.cranbournefamilychiro.com.au or call 59984554.
About the Author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.