FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Your Questions Answered
We’ve taken some of the questions we get asked most frequently and compiled them in one place. If you can’t find the answer you're looking for in the list below, contact us and we will do our best to assist you.
NOW THAT I'M GETTING ADJUSTED, MY SPINE SEEMS TO CRACK AND POP MORE OFTEN. IS THIS NORMAL?
Cracking and popping occurs when there is a buildup of nitrogen gas in the joints. As we work to unwind the spine with focused adjustments, joints that have been restricted will begin to move again, creating that popping or cracking sounds as nitrogen is diffused in the joint. Don't be worried about these sounds, as long as you are moving your spine in its natural ranges of motion, they're a sign that your body is getting used to a new normal.
ARE X-RAYS REALLY THAT IMPORTANT?
Chiropractors are able to assess what needs to be adjusted at any particular moment with their hands. However, Dr. Jeremy's focus is on the long term, and a complete evaluation with x-rays shows us the story of the spine. They show the curvatures, misalignments, and arthritis that may be present in the spine, and what we need to do to create long term positive change. Chiropractic patients feel the result of these changes in reduced symptoms, ability to stress the body without pain, and multiple benefits to overall health. Dr. Jeremy will also do followup x-rays at the end of your treatment plan to show just how powerfully your adjustments have altered long standing spinal issues.
IF I DON'T GET A LOT OF POPS, DOES THAT MEAN MY ADJUSTMENT WASN'T GOOD?
As mentioned above, the sound of a pop or crack in a joint is simply the nitrogen gas being dispersed. If you don't get a pop during an adjustment, it doesn't mean that the joint wasn't moved; it simply means that there was no nitrogen gas buildup in that particular joint. At every adjustment, the restricted vertebrae are assessed and adjusted. It's this consistent attention to the areas that need assistance that creates positive change, regardless of whether it pops. Most of the the time, restricted joints do have a buildup of gas because they're not moving, which is why we often hear it.
I'VE FINISHED MY CARE PLAN, NOW WHAT?
Having a well-adjusted spine means having an optimized nervous system. Now that we've created a new normal for your body, Dr. Jeremy will sit down and look over your followup x-rays to determine what new goals we may want to pursue. Many patients continue get adjusted on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, which keeps their bodies operating at a higher level and ensures that old issues don't resurface. The key, as with most things, is consistency.