Twenty years ago, going to your Indianapolis chiropractor was a little like having a bowl of Rice Krispies. The most you could expect was a little “snap, crackle or pop.”
Today, the chiropractic profession is seen as a more viable option in the treatment of the spine and it’s dysfunctions. But what exactly is that popping noise you hear when getting a treatment for your neck or back pain? During a back adjustment, your back undergoes a quick, gentle movement of the spinal joint, so you may hear a cracking or popping noise. This is caused by small pockets of air or bubbles, which is the fluid that surrounds your joints. When these joint tissues are stretched during your chiropractic adjustment, those pockets of air “pop” which creates the sound you hear.
But, some patients re not comfortable with the noise that a chiropractic adjustment can make in the treatment of their pain and dysfunction. Here at Meridian Chiropractic, we can utilize a device called a Pro-Adjuster. The Pro-Adjuster is a computerized, highly technological, FDA cleared method of chiropractic analysis and delivery. The patient is sitting in a comfortable, up-right position. The adjustment is done without any turning or sudden movements. And, there is no popping or cracking noise with the Pro-Adjuster.
So how does the Pro-Adjuster work? Advances in computers and technology have been able to blend with chiropractic to both analyze and treat the human body and reduce pain in such a way as to achieve the greatest nervous system functions. When the chiropractor checks your spine, they are looking for motion fluidity or rigidity. In the same way, the Pro-Adjuster can determine whether the spine is too rigid or too fluid. The Pro-Adjuster measures the exact levels of motion and can isolate a problem faster and more accurately.
The Pro-Adjuster utilizes a precise yet gentle force in an uninterrupted fashion to increase the mobility of the spine. In other words, the Pro-Adjuster can “unstick the joint” and relieve pain. Have you ever seen a woodpecker tapping on a tree? The Pro-Adjuster taps in much the same way with gentle soft taps that are comfortable to the human body and can result in a positive change to a joint or tissue.
So, whether you prefer your Indianapolis chiropractor to use his hands for chiropractic adjustment or the highly computerized Pro-Adjuster, you can feel comfortable with the popping noise. It is completely normal.