Does That Pop Mean Something Broke?
By Paul Rothbart
Going to the chiropractor for the first time can be a little scary. Maybe you've heard stories about arms and legs being twisted and bent, pressure being placed on the neck and spine. You may be afraid that it's going to be extremely painful and hurt for days after. Perhaps you fear damage to the spine or a joint. Then there's the sound. You may have heard that sometimes there's a "pop." Without question, hearing a strange sound emanating from your body can be unnerving. Have no fear, the sound is perfectly natural. Here are some things to help ease your fears of your first chiropractic visit.
Chiropractors Are Trained Medical Professionals
Obtaining a license to practice as a chiropractor is no easy task. Chiropractors take many of the same biology, chemistry, and anatomy classes that doctors do. They then attend specialized schools to learn the techniques of adjustment and how and when to use them. A chiropractor must serve an internship and pass an exam to be licensed. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are all licensed and you can feel secure that you will be seen by a trained medical professional.
What a Chiropractor Does
A chiropractor performs an examination and will ask questions about where you are feeling pain and any concerns you have. They will then perform adjustments using gentle manipulations. For most people, the pain is minimal if any is felt at all. This is where you may hear the pop. This is just gas in your joints being released, just like cracking your knuckles. The chiropractic will address any concerns you have. After a visit, some people feel a little soreness, very similar to that experienced after an intense workout.
What Chiropractic Care May Do for You
Chiropractors are trained to find and fix subluxations in the spine and joints. This can relieve pain, and restore full range of motion and flexibility. You may find that you are more energetic and your exercise is more effective. Some people report that they sleep better when regularly seeing a chiropractor. The whole-body approach can improve the way the parts of your body function together. Your first trip to the chiropractor should be exciting as you wait to discover the ways it can benefit you.
If you've never been to a chiropractor, consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. Find out what a chiropractor can do for you. Don't fear the pop. That just means things are working.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Birmingham, Ala.