One of the most common questions asked by patients new to chiropractic medicine is “what is the cracking sound?” The sound is produced during an adjustment when a joint is stretched slightly more than its usual movement thereby creating a pressure release within the joint capsule that surrounds the joint. The capsules surround the joints of the spine and most of the other major joints in the body; this is why you can crack your knuckles! When performed properly by a trained chiropractic physician, adjustments to all joints are safe and very helpful at helping the body heal from most injuries to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. On a very serious note- Please do not try to adjust yourself or another person without proper training. If too much force is applied irreparable damage to the joints and nerves may occur.
For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hartwig, please call Marcum Chiropractic at 503-235-7130. He will be happy to discuss the benefits of chiropractic medicine and how it can help you.