“I’ve had trouble with my neck for about eighteen years. Eighteen years ago I had a cow try to kill me. Last year has been really bad for me. I can’t sleep at night or day. It’s hard to drive a car, it’s hard to do housework. I have extremely terrible headaches at night, them I get really dizzy. It got to the point where I couldn’t get out of bed and I had to have someone help me get up! I couldn’t do anything by myself. This is when I started going to Dr. Shelby. My friend Pat Hamilton told me I needed to go to Dr. Shelby. If it wasn’t for Dr. Shelby helping me I don’t know who would be. Dr. Shelby is a wonderful doctor! I can drive my car, do housework and some yard work for now. My neck doesn’t hurt anymore. Thank God for Dr. Shelby. I can go fishing again!”
“For years I’ve had pain across my low back. One day it hurt so bad I decided that I had to do something, so I decided to come here. In just one week it started feeling better. Now it’s getting better all the time and at 100%. I find myself being able to do things I couldn’t do before. Now I’m just coming one time a month to keep it better.”
“I started coming to see Dr. Shelby because of my bad headaches and upper-lower back pain. I am a mother of four kids, ranging from four to nine years old. I was always in pain, all the time. I had no energy to do much with the kids Someone told me about chiropractic care and how it may be able to help me. Let me tell you, best decision I’ve ever made coming here. After one month time, I am completely pain free. I feel like I’m a brand new mom! It is an amazing feeling! Dr. Shelby is wonderful! All the staff is as well! Thank you!”
“I was having headaches daily and had excruciating migraines about every other week. They got so bad that they would come on suddenly and 2-3 minutes later I was getting sick. I knew I had to get something done. I was working at the radio station and heard Dr. Shelby mention headaches on the radio show. After the show I spoke with him and decided I needed to get an appointment. I went that next day. He showed me the x-rays he took and I could see I was out of line. After twelve visits not only am I am migraine and headache free, but Dr. Shelby also helped my lower back pain from I fall I had four years ago!”
Most adjustments or spinal manipulation are associated with a click or cracking sound, but did you ever wonder what that noise is?
The click occurs when there is a separation between the sides of the joint. When the joint separates there is a sudden release of carbon dioxide from the joint.
It is similar to opening a soda pop. At the moment the bottle and the cap are separated there is a “pop”.
The phenomenon is known to physicists as “cavitation”.
So the click or crack is simply gas (carbon dioxide) being release from the joint.
Also, it is a popular belief that the knuckle cracking causes arthritis. A study was done to see this was true and the opposite was proven. In other words, the life long knuckle cracker had either no or slight arthritic changes while the non-knuckle crackers had the arthritis, which shows that cracking the knuckles actually has a therapeutic effect of preventing arthritis. (Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics Vol. 9 3 September 1986)
But forget the study, just look at the concert pianist who cracks his knuckles a couple times a day for years. His hands are normal, soft, supple and flexible.
The main problem with knuckle cracking is that some find it annoying. I can hear my mom saying, “Don’t crack you knuckles or you’ll get arthritis.”
Now you know the facts on the topic. Use your knowledge to help others discover the many benefits of regular chiropractic care!
Scott L. Shelby, DC
Troy D. Smith, DC
Michael E. Teifke, DC