The number one question I have when a new patient enters the office is whether or not a chiropractic adjustment is safe. The answer to that is yes. Breaking a patients neck during a chiropractic adjustment has never happened. Chiropractors are trained to perform spinal manipulations with the smallest amount of force necessary. The “cracking” you hear is gas being released from the joint in the back. The manipulation of the joint is done in a way to increase range of motion, relax the muscles in your back, and relieve pain. During the 3.5 years of a Doctor of Chiropractic program, physicians are taught to look for what are called “red flags” to adjustment. Red flags are conditions that a patient presents with, that tell the doctor that a chiropractic adjustment should not be performed. As a patient you should always feel safe to ask your chiropractor questions, including whether or not you may have one of these red flags. Some red flags include broken bones from your injury, cancer, history of stroke, and osteoporosis, to name a few. A typical side effect for a spinal manipulation is commonly muscular soreness.
Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, natural way to relieve pain without the use of medications.