Frequently Asked Chiropractic Questions
A subluxation is an alteration from a joint’s normal biomechanics. Any joint can become subluxated but specifically in the spine this could lead to diminished space for the nerve roots of the spinal cord.
As you can see in the image at top right, the bone on top is stuck leaning to the right. This results in a closing of the small hole that the nerves, veins, and arteries come out of. This narrowing can irritate or even pinch the nerve, causing you to feel shooting or lightning-like pain into your legs (or wherever that particular nerve runs).
There can be no definitive answer since every patient is different and receives care specific to their condition. Relief of pain can come fairly quick after being treated however, it is important to continue with treatment for the rest of the treatment plan to make sure the joint continues to have correct biomechanics which will help prevent the pain from returning.
Chiropractic doesn’t cure anything nor is it a treatment for disease. If there’s going to be any healing, your body will do it on its own. The best doctors reduce the interferences that may be preventing your body from performing its innate healing capacity. That’s why Chiropractors are so interested in the nervous system. With a revived nerve supply, your self-healing abilities are unleashed!
Subluxations are usually the result of physical, emotional, or chemical stresses. Physical stresses might include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions or improper posture. Emotional stress, such as grief, anger, depression and stress may produce or contribute to a subluxation. Alcohol, drugs, or preservatives are common examples of chemical stress on the body.
In the early stages of a subluxation, symptoms may not be obvious. With time the will continue to become worse and will start to effect the surrounding tissues and ultimately will lead to degeneration. The results of a thorough examination can reveal the location and severity of any subluxations you may have.
Perhaps you are wondering, “When the doctor finds a subluxation in my spine and adjusts it, will it hurt? Chiropractic adjustments usually cause very little, if any, discomfort and many people find that adjustments are relaxing and actually feel good.
Dr. Ruterbories uses as little force as necessary to make an adjustment. He has been trained in several different techniques to suit a wide variety of conditions and accommodate almost any patient request.
Probably Not. The cracking and popping sounds are the same, but the location the sound came from is most likely different. When people “self-adjust” the most probable result is that the joints above or below the problem joint are cavitating (the term used for that popping sound). This produces a sound similar to the one heard when a chiropractor adjusts a joint but the actual joint that is restricted or otherwise not functioning properly is left unchanged.
As you can see, the image on the left depicts that there is in fact a subluxation present. The middle picture is what most likely happens when a person self-adjusts a problem area. The joints above and below the problem joint cavitated but the problem joint remained the same. On the right, the problem joint was addressed properly and the rest of the spine is now in proper alignment while leaning to the right.
IT IS NEVER RECOMMENDED TO ADJUST YOUR OWN NECK. IT COULD CAUSE SEVERE UNWANTED OUTCOMES LIKE A STROKE OR DEATH IF PERFORMED BY UNTRAINED INDIVIDUALS.