“Do you do that no-cracking technique?” This question often comes from a prospective new patient calling our office. The answer to this question is a solid YES. Often, new chiropractic patients are hesitant about forceful, hands-on adjusting techniques. They are calling our office because they have heard that we are different. Allow me to clear the air.
There is a common thread between all chiropractic techniques: the use of kinetic energy to enhance the body’s internal communication systems. To oversimplify, think of the human body as a computer, with hardware and software. When there is a problem with the computer, you could focus on only diagnosing the hardware, adding or replacing parts. However, if there is a problem with the software or communication systems, you will not find broken wires or worn-out parts to replace. The human body’s nervous system is the equivalent of a computer’s software system, continuously sending signals between brain and body at 270 mph. For roughly the past century, the chiropractic profession has understood that the nervous system can respond strongly to inputs of kinetic energy (force). Chiropractors are trained to improve nervous system function by using small, precise forces to restore spinal motion, improve spinal alignment, and stimulate nervous system reflexes. The majority of chiropractors focus on spinal motion and alignment, which requires stronger forces and often results in the release of pent-up carbon dioxide gas from the joints, which is the mysterious “popping” sound often associated with chiropractic.
Our office is among the group of chiropractors who focus more strongly on neurologically-based adjustments. A detailed analysis of the body’s nervous system reflexes lets us pinpoint exactly where nervous system function is abnormal. This allows us to apply a smaller force to the spine, with the patient in a neutral face-down position, to achieve a similar outcome as “manual” or “diversified” chiropractors. The health benefits can include relief of back pain, neck pain, and headaches. More neurologically-related improvements are often seen regarding sciatica, migraines, sleep, digestion, and mental function. Regardless of technique, all chiropractors are trained to improve body function safely and naturally by using energetic, physical methods.