A joint that is restricted in its natural range of motion is described as „blocked.“ This functional restriction can overload the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons. Other joints that normally „work together“ in a finely tuned network with the blocked joint to produce motion (e.g., rotation of the head) must compensate for the blockage and also overload. In addition, the nervous system may also become incorrectly polarized at this point. A vicious cycle of tension, restricted movement and malfunctions in the body starts rolling.
For a certain time, the body can compensate for blockages. However, for some people this leads quickly, for others after a longer period of time, almost always to pain, bad posture and tension.
What is it that cracks during a treatment?
Joints are the areas of our body where two bones meet. In order for us to move without squeaking and creaking, the joint surfaces are surrounded by a lubricating fluid. It acts for our joints much like the lubricating oil does for squeaky door hinges.
There are many small gas bubbles in the joint fluid. If the bones are now pulled apart – for example, if you pull on a finger – a vacuum forms between the joints. All the bubbles migrate into the resulting vacuum, where they meet and form a large bubble. The further the joint is pulled open, the more space there is in this space and the larger the bubble can become. At some point, it has become so large that it bursts with a loud bang: KNACK!
And you can even hear that from the outside sometimes….
Do the joints become loose after a chiropractor’s treatment?
No, on the contrary. Only blocked joints are treated, so that the joint surfaces fit together again in the best possible way. This ensures that the ligaments, tendons and muscles do not shorten on one side and overstretch on the other.
If the chiropractor determines that a joint is overly mobile and worn out due to possible injuries (e.g. torn ligaments), it is not adjusted. It needs stabilizing techniques. Therefore, you should go to a chiropractor who knows his craft. The art is to determine which joints need adjusting and which need stabilizing.
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Do frequent treatments/regular check-ups cause wear and tear?
No. As long as your chiropractor works specifically and correctly, only joints that are too tight and blocked will ever be moved. These are not in danger of wearing out, even with frequent treatment, as they are mobilized from too tight to a normal range of motion. If therapists have no or insufficient training in the field of welwyn chiropractic (therefore, please always ask in other practices what training the therapist has enjoyed), it can happen that joints are treated unspecifically. In this case, even joints that are already moving well can be inadvertently mobilized, which can cause them to wear out if treated frequently.
Is chiropractic treatment the same as „setting“?
No. A dislocated joint in the spine is a neurosurgical emergency, often resulting in the most severe paralysis. Chiropractors use their hands to release blockages in the spine, pelvis and extremities through gentle impulse treatment to ensure proper biomechanical function. The technical term used for this is „adjusting“ (from the English „to adjust“). Performed by a qualified hand, this is an almost painless, low-risk and very effective treatment method.
Does a treatment have side effects?
The bigger, more complex and longer a problem is/exists, the higher the probability that some side effects may occur after a treatment. By treating the joints, muscles and fascia, we influence your body statics. Due to the changed mechanics in the body, you may experience sore muscles, headaches, temporarily more tension or pain. These reactions can last 1-3 days and usually decrease significantly after each subsequent treatment.