Will you be cracking my back?

Typically, yes.

When someone talks about “back cracking” they are usually talking about a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation. These are specific treatments that relieve pain and improve mobility. They can be associated with a popping or cracking noise as a joint cavitation occurs.

Chiropractic adjustments are very effective at reducing pain and improving joint function, but that doesn't mean they should be used in every case. Sure Health chiropractors use best available evidence and clinical experience, taken into account with patient preference, to formulate the best treatment plan for each individual. This may or may not involve chiropractic adjustments.

See our Treatments page for more information.

Does it hurt?

Adjustments are not painful. There can sometimes be mild post treatment soreness, particularly in the first phases of treatment, but this will resolve quickly.

Some soft tissue techniques can be uncomfortable at the time, but most people describe this as a “good pain”, if there is such a thing!!

How many appointments will I need?

Prognosis varies dramatically based on a large number of factors. At Sure Health Chiropractic we pride ourselves on using the best available evidence to get you better as quickly as possible. A recent clinical audit revealed over 90% of patients get completely better within four treatments at Sure Health Chiropractic.

I am in pain now, what can I do to relieve my pain before I come in?

Ice packs are excellent for pain relief. Ice helps by relaxing muscle spasm, calming down nociceptors (pain sensors), and reducing swelling/bruising. Ice provides more effective pain relief than heat because of this anti-inflammatory effect.

Over the counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, are also very effective for reducing pain and swelling.

It is important to remember that neither of these approaches will treat the underlying problem, and should not be used for sustained periods of time.

Is it safe?

Yes. Chiropractic treatment is one the safest medical treatments available. It is gentle, non-invasive, and only administered by expert chiropractors who have undergone 5 years of training as well as continual reassessment and further education.

Some news stories link neck manipulation to stroke. These are sensationalist stories that are not based on evidence. Scientific studies show that the force of a chiropractic manipulation is insufficient to damage any blood vessels in the neck.

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