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When explaining the benefit of visiting a chiropractor to the Victorville community, we often encounter people who fear the “snap, crackle, and pop.”

They’re not talking about the popular breakfast cereal, of course, but rather the popping and cracking sounds that can sometimes be experienced during a chiropractic adjustment.

Many people associate physical popping and cracking sounds with injury, so they’re very hesitant to put themselves in the hands of a chiropractor that’s going to produce them on purpose!

We understand these sounds can be a road block for some Victorville residents that could otherwise benefit from chiropractic care. That’s why we’ve decided to expel the myths surrounding this subject and provide a brief explanation of what’s causing all the popping and cracking.

Understanding Subluxations

“Subluxation” is a fancy word that chiropractors use to describe a misaligned bone. Subluxation has been defined medically as “…a partial abnormal separation of the articular surfaces of a joint.” Research has shown that chronic misalignment can lead to a variety of uncomfortable health conditions, so it’s important to correct these subluxations as quickly as possible.

It’s Not Your Spine, It’s Gas

No, not that type of gas.

When you arrive for your chiropractic appointment, your doctor will seek out any subluxations and then correct them with a chiropractic adjustment. In most cases, this means they’ll place their hands on the area and apply a quick, painless thrusting motion. You’ll likely hear a pop, and the misalignment will be corrected.

What you’re hearing isn’t the cracking of a bone or joint, it’s actually the elimination of gas being released from between your vertebrae. You might hear your chiropractor refer to it as a “cavitation.”

If you still have concerns about the popping sound heard during a chiropractic appointment, come into our Victorville office for a consultation. We’d be happy to explain it in more detail.