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Posted on 10-09-2013

When people think about chiropractic, or the chiropractic adjustment, most often the thought is of the "popping" or "cracking" of a traditional chiropractic adjustment.  People wonder what noise is, and most of the time assume it is the bones crunching against each other.  While at times it may sound like that, when the adjustment is applied the joint surfaces "bones" are actually moving slightly away from each other and that "gapping" of the joints is what makes the noise - it is actually a gas being released from the joint. Are we moving the bones from one place to another? No.  The purpose is to re-introduce motion into the joint complex, break up scar tissue and relax the adjacent soft tissues.  This is most important when someone is recovering from a soft tissue injury such as what happens in a car accident/whiplash.

But what about Light Force or Instrument Adjusting?  There is no "pop" or "crack"! This is the short answer: The "pop" or "crack" is not what we are trying to accomplish by a traditional chiropractic adjustment.  It is to accomplish the effects noted above.  So how can an instrument accomplish this, the answer is speed.  A traditional adjustment requires more "force" because we are slow and it takes more force to overcome the bodies natural response to the thrust.  The instrument is FASTER so it takes less FORCE to accomplish the same effects, re-introduce motion into the joint complex, break up scar tissue and relax the adjacent soft tissues.

In our office we use the Activator and/or the Arthrostim along with traditional adjustment techniques.  If you would like more information regarding what we do, please call for a FREE consultation 978-374-1084.

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