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Should Your Back Pop When Adjusted?

By Sara Butler

Most people associate the popping sound they hear when they’re at the chiropractor as an indication that what they’re doing is working. Is that really true? Does that popping sound mean that things are moving back into place and that the chiropractic adjustment you’re receiving is really working? Here’s what you should know about that pop you hear and what it means for your adjustments!

What is that Popping Sound?

When your joints are manipulated it can create a kind of vacuum. The joints gape slightly and gas rushes in to fill the space, hence the popping sound. The caveat about the pop when it comes to adjustments is that it doesn’t have to happen in order for an adjustment to take place. That’s because chiropractors use different techniques in order to adjust your back, and some of those techniques aren’t going to put the vertebrae in your back into a position that causes a pop.

How Adjustments Really Work

So, now that you know an adjustment isn’t indicated by the popping sound, how do you know if an adjustment is taking place?

When you see your chiropractor at The Joint for an adjustment, they don’t just slap you down on the table and go to town. You will notice they take their time to assess your spine and discover through that assessment where you need to be adjusted. Once the adjustment has been performed, they will check your spine again to make sure the adjustments were done. That is how they know it worked – not based on any sound they hear or didn’t hear over the course of your adjustment.

Can You Pop Your Own Back?

If you’re doing something, such as exercising, and your back or some other joint pops painlessly on its own, this isn’t a problem. The problem arises when you attempt to pop your own back in an effort to adjust it yourself.

It may not be advertised, but something you should know about chiropractors is they don’t even attempt to adjust themselves. They have the knowledge and know the technique, but they don’t do it because it’s basically impossible to adjust your own spine correctly.

You don’t have the knowledge or understand the technique used to adjust your own spine, so you shouldn’t do it. Also, remember that popping your back on purpose may offer temporary relief to you, but it won’t address any underlying problem, such as a misalignment. Only a visit to your chiropractor is going to help.

If you ever have questions about adjustments, ask your chiropractor about them when you’re at The Joint!

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