Many people are familiar with the sound of “cracking” or “popping” knuckles. These “popping” sounds can sometimes be loud, intimidating, and sound extremely painful. In fact, many people avoid chiropractic adjustments due to the intimidation that comes from these “cracking” or “popping” sounds. However, spinal adjustments sound much more painful than they actually are. Spinal adjustments should never be painful.

When you come into your Sioux Falls chiropractic clinic for the first time, it can be intimidating. With all of the different rumours circulating about chiropractic care, as well as the fear that can come with the thought of “cracking” your back or neck, we understand that the whole process can be off putting. However, “cracking” your back or neck is actually a very bad and inaccurate way to describe chiropractic adjustments. The word “crack” makes it seem as if your chiropractor will be cracking actual bones but this is the farthest thing from what our chiropractors do. The noise you hear during a spinal adjustment is actually the result of gases being released and air moving across the different joints. When a chiropractor adjusts your neck or spine, gases such as carbon dioxide and nitrogen are released from the lubricating fluid that lies between your joints, causing the “cracking” sound you hear.

During your first visit with us, feel free to ask our doctors as many questions as you need to feel comfortable with the procedure. Our chiropractors are able to explain the entire process, as well as the mechanics of a chiropractic adjustment so you feel comfortable and confident. Call us today to schedule your first adjustment and to talk to our doctors!