Chiropractic adjustments often accompany a popping or cracking sound. This natural and harmless cause and effect creates occasional moments of anxiety for people unaccustomed to experiencing the benefits of an adjustment. People sometimes think the sound originates from bones popping or cracking or rubbing together. The actual source of the sounds associated with healthy adjustments comes from pressure being released from a joint. These joints accumulate pressure where two parts of the human skeleton fit together. Most joints exist to move by their natural design. Chiropractors assess and adjust misaligned and locked up spinal vertebrae to help the spine move freely and promote improved nervous system function.

Research from 2015 helped explain the mechanism for how a chiropractic adjustment reduces stress through a quick gentle force. The adjustment slightly separates the joint by overcoming the protective muscle reflexes and reducing adhesive scar tissue formation while improving motion. This process occurs without injury to any of the tissues involved. The popping or cracking noise simply comes from gas being released from the joint when the gapping occurs. Some adjustments take place without any noise heard or felt by the patient while other adjustments release enough pressure on a joint to produce an audible sound.

The spine consists of over 24 moveable bones called vertebrae. Chiropractors assess the alignment and movement of the vertebrae to locate any joints that become immobile or misaligned. These partially dislocated joints, called subluxations, represent a vitally influential aspect of human health due to the spine’s intimate connection with the nervous system. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord and nerves, providing openings to the spinal nerve roots that exit through each vertebra. Experts refer to the spine as a “neuro-spinal organ” because of the large amounts of tiny neurons located in and around the bones and joints of each vertebra. The health of the spine allows tiny neurons to give uninterrupted feedback to the brain so that appropriate messages can be delivered to and from all organs on a regular basis. The relationship between the spine and all organs of the body proves vital to overall health and function and details why a properly aligned spine represents an essential and proactive part of every family’s health plan.


PLoS One 2015
Real-Time Visualization of Joint Cavitation.”
Gregory N. Kawchuk, Jerome Fryer, Jacob L. Jaremko, Hongbo Zeng, Lindsay Rowe, and Richard Thompson

The current medical model of healthcare in most developed nations unintentionally fails to address a large component of health that plays a vital role in human function and performance. Failing to address the importance of human structure and its relationship to gravity proves costly. Chiropractors comprise a uniquely educated and scientifically trained profession focused on addressing spinal structure and biomechanics. These processes achieve extraordinary results extending far beyond pain relief by helping patients achieve optimal brain and nervous system function.

Science and research continually prove the extensive benefits of chiropractic. Many understand the positive influence of chiropractic on painful symptoms in the neck and back, but some people are surprised to learn that the list of overall health benefits from nervous system care produces a lengthy list of positive outcomes. Some notable influences of regular spinal care include better hormonal and organ function, prevention of bone and nerve degeneration, increased range of motion, and injury prevention. A study published in 2011 evaluated the data from all previous scientific literature and concluded that the best benefits achieved through chiropractic occur from proactive care over a period of time. Improving the health and function of the spine positively influences the brain, organs, nerves, bones, and soft tissue.

Utilizing chiropractic adjustments to optimize health and performance continues to expand in popularity and public awareness. Millions of patients understand that proactive health care represents the most effective and cost-efficient form of maintenance and wellness care available. People around the globe continue to learn that true health care does not originate from addressing pain and symptoms after they occur. Research concludes that genuine health comes from a proactive approach and specifically notes that, “chiropractic maintenance care optimizes levels of function and provides a process for achieving the best possible function and health.”

Unhealthy spinal joint motion produces negative short and long-term challenges. Immobilized or misaligned spinal joints experience degeneration within two to four weeks. Lack of spinal joint motion accompanies degeneration, neuroplastic changes, neural and muscle atrophy, and muscle weakness in that same window of time. People need to understand the importance of spinal care as a foundational aspect of overall health. A person choosing to indulge in an unhealthy diet or abstain from exercise for a few weeks or months can usually refocus and recommit to addressing those issues without permanently damaging their long-term health. Misaligned or immobilized vertebra begin producing long-term nerve, bone, and muscle degeneration within two to four weeks – even if pain and symptoms are not immediately present.

Regular and consistent chiropractic adjustments prove necessary for optimal health and wellness regardless of abnormal health symptoms. Infants, children, and adults benefit from chiropractic care to assess and address postural and structural spinal health. A healthy sign of the public conscience pursuing improved wellness comes from the growing number of families utilizing chiropractic care as a proactive approach to maximized performance and function. Genuine health care does not simply originate with a plan to address degeneration or pain after it begins. The proactive approach to long-term health for children and adults builds upon optimizing health within the brain, spine, and nervous system through chiropractic care.


Journal of Chiropractic Humanities December 6 2011
A theoretical basis for maintenance spinal manipulative therapy for the chiropractic profession.” David N. Taylor

Chiropractors have been helping men and women suffering from heart problems for over 125 years. Although chiropractic targets dysfunction in the spine and nervous system, the impact of positive spinal health radiates throughout the body and improves heart health.

The brain, spinal cord, and nerves make up the nervous system, the command center that controls the entire body. Breathing, digestion, heart health and circulation represent a few of the millions of functions directed by the nervous system. The nervous system operates and resides in and around the spine. Chiropractic adjustments directly influence all of the organs controlled by the nervous system. A healthier spine leads to healthy organ systems. Chiropractors help people with symptoms and conditions seemingly unrelated to the spine by focusing on the health and optimal function of the nervous system. Improved hearth health represents one of the many residual benefits of a healthy spine.

The heart is a vital, complex muscle that sits in the upper left chest cavity and pumps blood filled with oxygen to every part of the body. The heart represents the most important muscle in the body and serves as the motor that delivers life-saving chemicals to every cell and tissue in the body. This amazing organ beats around 101,000 times a day! A heart will beat about 3 billion times during a person’s lifetime and pump roughly one million barrels of blood throughout the body. Energy output of the heart in a 24-hour period is enough to raise three fully loaded greyhound buses up into the air. The amazing heart receives direction from the nervous system. The spine’s intimate relationship with the nervous system means that the health of the spine directly influences the heart’s function.

A study published in 2017 showed that patients receiving spinal adjustments after undergoing heart surgery experienced significantly improved outcomes compared to those who did not receive spinal adjustive care. The study determined that those who received spinal adjustments within a few short days after heart surgery experienced improved function and reductions in hospital stays, drug consumption, and overall pain. These benefits resulted from a spinal adjustment delivered within hours to days after surgery. The study supports mountains of evidence encouraging people to proactively pursue nervous system care through chiropractic adjustments. From healthy children to adults undergoing operative intervention for heart problems, pursuing spinal adjustive care should be part of every family’s health care plan. Improve the health of the spine, nervous system, and organ function with chiropractic.


World Journal of Gastroenterology May 14 2007 A preliminary study of neck-stomach syndrome. Xing-Hua Song, Xiao-Xiong Xu, Li-Wen Ding, Li Cao, Alken Sadel, and Hao Wen

Spinal pain represents the greatest single cause of disability in the world today. Low back pain also represents the most common type of spinal pain. Research estimates that over 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Agonizing back pain influences every aspect of life from walking and sleeping to simply sitting still and thinking with clarity. No wonder so many back pain sufferers’ resort to taking powerful medications for relief. 

Over-the-counter pain drugs usually serve as a first resort. Disappointment in those results eventually lead to doctor visits and more powerful prescription drugs, including the most harmful form of pain medication available: opioids. The physical and financial cost to treat low back pain increases while the results become worse because conventional pharmaceuticals and medicine do not fix the source of the pain. Chiropractic offers a better plan that costs less and pursues a permanent outcome which heals the body.

Research from 2015 compared outcomes for patients with low back pain. The results compared significant differences in patients treated by Chiropractic care verses those who sought relief through other methods. Subjects receiving care from a Chiropractor spent an average cost of $712 compared to $1992 for those choosing treatment from a different provider. Indirect costs of choosing conventional drug therapy also increase because of the dangerous side effects associated with medications. The amount of money saved by choosing Chiropractic care provides justification for why every back pain sufferer deserves to know that long-term healing and relief do exist.

Research continues to prove that Chiropractic usually represents the best approach to permanently resolving back pain. The most cost-effective and longest-lasting results do not come from a bottle of pills but from the immense healing power within the body. Chiropractic tends to be thought of simply as a method for treating back and neck pain. Evidence-based research continues to prove that outcome represents only a fraction of the healing potential found within the body when the nervous system aligns and operates to full potential.

The health and condition of the spine links directly to the health and function of the entire body through the brain and central nervous system. Misalignments in the spine create altered spinal mobility, leading to stress in the nervous system. Chiropractors improve mobility and increase the lines of nerve communication through gentle and precise adjustments. Back pain comprises a large number of patients who quickly realize that a natural, non-invasive approach to health care provides greater health and performance than a bottomless pit of pills and doctor bills. Chiropractic pursues optimal health. Experience greater levels of pain relief and overall vitality through Chiropractic care.

BMC Health Serv Res 15 June 2012
A systematic review comparing the costs of chiropractic care to other interventions for spine pain in the United States.” Dagenais, S., Brady, O., Haldeman, S

Very few conditions warrant more attention and notoriety in today’s culture than concussions. Concussions plague
more people of all ages than ever before. Real solutions can only be achieved through proper education and
awareness. Evidence proves that Chiropractic provides unique health benefits and answers to people suffering
from this horrible condition.

Recent concussion statistics include:

  • 3.8 million concussions occurred in 2012, double the number reported in 2002.
  • Nearly 500,000 children suffer from concussions.
  • 33% of athletic-related concussions occur at practice.
  • 1/5 of high school athletes experience a concussion during their sports season.
  • 33% of high school students who have had a concussion report two or more in the same year.
  • Between 4-5 million concussions occur annually in the U.S.
  • 70% of athletes with concussions played despite their symptoms, and 40% reported that their coaches did not know of the injury.
  • Female team sports account for 6 of the top 10 sports that produce concussion.
  • The majority of concussions happen to people who did not black out or lose consciousness.

Most parents and adults do not fully understand the magnitude of the concussion topic. Concussion treatments designed to achieve the greatest results rely on early recognition of symptoms. One of the most significant problems exists in the circumstance that most concussions go undetected, undiagnosed, and unaddressed because the effects are not felt immediately.

Chiropractic plays a unique and important role in caring for people with concussions for two major reasons. Chiropractors undergo scientific training designed to detect a problem with the brain, nervous system, and spine before any symptoms arise. Chiropractic care also improves the function and integrity of the spine, brain, and nervous  system, which happens to be the most important aspect of improving the lives of those suffering with concussions.

Research from 2015 found that every patient who experienced a concussion also experienced a whiplash-type injury to the neck. Outstanding results accompanied the utilization of Chiropractic care to help patients suffering from concussions. Traditional Chiropractic care for post-concussive syndrome patients resulted in rapid and sustained improvement in all signs and symptoms, allowing the tested athletes to return to full competition. 

A Chiropractic evaluation and adjustments amplify health and recovery for all concussion sufferers. A spine and nervous system evaluation can provide critical relief for conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed. Scanning the brain, spine, and nervous system using MRI, CT, or even X-rays usually prove to be unremarkable because concussions typically manifest in neuronal dysfunction, not structural damage of the involved neurons. Advanced imaging misses the main objective.

Chiropractors evaluate and test for signs and symptoms specific to concussion-type injuries. Chiropractic care also plays a unique role in helping concussion sufferers recover through a healthy, drug-free environment not delivered by any other health professional. Concussion awareness continues to promote education throughout athletics and activities. Optimal recovery and long-term health through the hands of a Chiropractor need to accompany that awareness.


The Physician and Sports medicine Jul 2015, Vol. 43: 274-284 “The role of the cervical spine in post-concussion syndrome” Cameron M. Marshall,Howard Vernon,John J. Leddy, Bradley A. Baldwin

Research determined that people who received long-term Chiropractic care never reached a maximum level of improvement. Those under Chiropractic care for over a year bore no sign of reaching a plateau in their health status. Even patients under care for more than 3 years showed no signs of approaching a health limiting ceiling.

One of the largest Chiropractic studies ever published showed a significant improvement in overall health and well-being for patients receiving Chiropractic adjustments. After evaluating over 2,800 patients in 156 clinics, a strong connection formed between persons receiving Chiropractic care and reported improvements in health, wellness, and quality-of-life. 95% of patients reported that this health care surpassed expectations and 99% of participants wished to continue care and adjustments.

Research and clinical studies strengthen the ideology that every human deserves to experience the benefits of long-term Chiropractic care. Chiropractic care benefits all ages and increases the health potential of all people regardless of gender, condition, or symptoms.

Chiropractors do not seek to treat or cure conditions. Chiropractors work with the innate (inborn) intelligence inside the body to allow for a better expression of health. Chiropractors achieve these benefits by removing interference from the central nervous system due to alterations in spinal movement and alignment. The autonomic nervous system controls and coordinates all automatic functions in the body, including heart rate, breathing, digestion, and fertility. Chiropractic expertise locates stress in the spine, called subluxation, and adjusts misalignments and restricted movements of the vertebrae. Subluxations in the spine do not always produce immediate pain and symptoms. Proactive Chiropractic care maintains optimal system function that directly opposes a health care system that waits for sickness and symptoms to attack the body. Adjustments reduce stress in the body and gently remove interference to the autonomic system, helping the body restore function through better brain balance. A proactive approach to health care drastically reduces the need for drugs and surgeries that plague people of all ages when reactive symptoms surface and damage quality of life.

The human brain operates with intelligence exponentially more sophisticated than the most powerful computers in the world. That amazing organ works to automatically control all balance and function connected to every system within the body. Chiropractic supports the self-evident truth that incredible intelligence exists in both the world and in each person. The intelligence inside the body consistently strives to keep our bodies in health and balance. Chiropractic honors the innate intelligence inside the body by finding and reducing any interference in the central nervous system through regular check-ups and adjustments when necessary.


Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research “A retrospective assessment of Network care using a survey of self-related health, wellness and quality of life.”  Blanks RHI, Schuster TL, Dobson M

Research Finds Whiplash In Low-Speed Collisions

Motor vehicle accidents occur every day. Even accidents occurring at low speeds create moderate to severe spinal injury and damage. A study from 2006 evaluated the risk of low speed and low impact collisions. A crash at speeds of just 5.97 MPH resulted in symptoms of strains and headaches. The results encouraged doctors and health professionals to call attention to a better understanding of how to care for those who experience any type of motor vehicle accident.

Pain typically surfaces as the last part of the injury process, usually after the problem has been present in the body for days or months. Pain usually tends to be the first thing to resolve after a treatment is rendered. The presence or absence of pain does not represent a good indication that an underlying problem exists or is resolved. Understanding the quality, duration, and cause of pain represents one of the biggest challenges facing doctors today. Most people believe that an absence of pain equates to an absence of health problems. The truth remains that many conditions initially present in the body with no signs or symptoms of pain or discomfort. A few examples include high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, and cavities. Spinal injuries and tissue damage can also occur without the immediate onset of pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care provides the best approach to treating injuries after a car accident or as a proactive measure against unhealthy conditions that culminate over time.  

Sports injuries, playground falls, and birth trauma directly influence current and future spine and nervous system health in children and adults. No accident should be ignored when proactive actions can ensure better health and healing. All children and adults’ benefit from seeking practitioners who can administer proper post-accident evaluations to ensure that the appropriate diagnosis and treatment occurs. Chiropractors educate about the need to be proactive about body health to combat silent problems that often go overlooked until late stages of disease. These problems cannot be resolved effectively if only addressed when the final stages of pain begin to surface. Chiropractors do not rely on pain or symptoms to determine the need or course of care. Chiropractors focus on achieving optimal and maximized function within the body every moment of every day.

Most children and adults experience a variety of physical trauma or collisions that occur naturally, but still injure and damage the structure and function of the spine. Spinal problems influence so many other aspects of health and function in the body because the spine intimately influences the brain and central nervous system. Low impact accidents represent a classification of trauma often considered menial and unimportant. The research disagrees. Even the most minor or low speed accidents produce significant short- and long-term consequences. Children and adults’ benefit from ongoing regular chiropractic checkups and appropriate adjustments throughout life. Proactive care offers the best long-term plan on the market!


Personal Injury Law Journal September 2006 Putting the 5 MPH Injury Threshold to the Test.” Henderson, Brian

A recent study shows that nearly 80% of the population between ages 18 to 44 keep cell phones with them almost every waking minute. Most estimates showing only having two hours a day without their phone in or near their hands. The stress of constantly looking down at a phone or device creates a dangerous condition known as “tech neck”. Body and spinal design do not come equipped with enduring the constant and sustained neck pressure. The need for chiropractic care continually grows as more people of all ages realize the imperative need to preserve the health and quality of life for both themselves and the next generation.

According to a 2017 study titled “Text Neck” published in the Spine Journal, spine surgeons noted a significant rise in the number of patients complaining of neck and upper back pain. Many of the patients were children. The research showed that “text neck” added extreme amounts of pressure and tension on the spine as the head position extended forward and downward to look at an electronic device. The average head weight on the neck amounts to between 10 to 12 pounds when resting in a neutral position. Any forward head flexion will add weight and pressure to the spine at varying degrees. Every 15 degrees of forward neck flexion adds between 9 and pounds of pressure on the spine. 60 degrees of forward flexion creates an extra 60 pounds of pressure on the spine. Neck flexion varies between 45 and 60 degrees when texting. A new diagnosis code called “text neck” has been established to categorize and address the damage incurred by common daily activities like using electronic devices.

A study of over 7000 young adults showed that persistent neck and upper back pain directly associates with time spent text messaging. Accelerated neck and mid-back spinal degeneration becomes a likely side effect of the forward head flexion often experienced through texting. The increase in disc pressure during flexion contributes to disc degeneration, disc herniations, and abnormal neck curve alignment.

Chiropractic remains one of the most important and effective proactive interventions needed to minimize and reverse the negative effects of texting. The spine’s intimate relationship with the central nervous system details why having text neck poses such a serious threat to the health of current and future generations. The nervous system becomes imbalanced when the spine changes from an optimal position and normal mobility. Stress and imbalance in the nervous system leads to a myriad of unwanted symptoms involving immunity, digestion, attention, energy, breathing, headaches, and heart problems. Chiropractors detect and correct spinal misalignments to remove stress from the nervous system and allow the spine and body to function like it should.

5 Simple Strategies to Prevent or Minimize the Effects of “Text Neck”

  1. Hold and view cell phones and all electronic devices at eye level.
  2. Text with two hands. Using both hands creates more symmetry and minimizes spinal imbalances.
  3. Take frequent breaks from phones and computers throughout the day to move.
  4. Utilize 20 second stretches – Pull arms and shoulders back while tilting head up to look up every hour.
  5. See a Chiropractor regularly.

The Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society June 2017
“’Text neck’: an epidemic of the modern era of cell phones. Jason M Cuellar, Todd H Lanman

Chiropractic adjustments help the body create better posture by reducing nervous system stress, increasing mobility, and allowing greater balance and spatial awareness. Improved posture proves to have lasting effects on many aspects of function beyond just musculoskeletal health. Science links improved posture to better breathing, sleep, hormone control, and brain health.

Parents often ask healthcare providers about the effects of bad posture and slouching on their children’s health. A study published in 2019 explained the effects of postural health on fourth grade children. One of the primary objectives of the study meant to find out if bad posture influenced the self-esteem of fourth graders.

The study involved 108 students. Facilitators assigned each student a randomized variable of assuming either a ‘high power’ pose or a ‘low power’ pose. Each student held the posture for one minute. The children were then evaluated using a standard self-esteem assessment.

High power posing consists of the non-verbal expression of power through expansive, open body postures. This stance becomes known as power posing. High power posing links to hormonal and behavioral changes. High power posing affects psychological processes, including feelings of empowerment and other emotional benefits. Students in high power posing showed a higher self-esteem, better mood, and more positive feelings regarding the student-teacher relationship. The findings show consistency with postural intervention effects in children and self-esteem elevation. This study revealed that good posture produced a large-scale effect on school related self-esteem.

The study involved asymptomatic fourth grade children. Improving posture for just one minute resulted in meaningful improvements in mood, emotions and self-esteem. The findings proved consistent with those seen in patients of all ages in Chiropractic clinics all over the world. Improvement of postural distortions through Chiropractic adjustments and postural exercises produce a variety of benefits for patients. This study supports Chiropractic care as a primary source of proactive health care for adults and children. Evidence based research continues to provide a litany of benefits experienced by people who proactively care for their spine, posture, and nervous system. Improving postural distortions represent one of many ways in which overall health improves in patients not experiencing immediate suffering from pain or musculoskeletal complaints.

The outcome traces back to the old adage which speaks to an ounce of prevention being worth more than a pound of cure. Providing the spine and nervous system with regular maintenance radiates improved health and vitality throughout the entire health structure of the body.

Joint Conference of the Sections Developmental Psychology & Educational Psychology September 2019
“Powerful and self-confident children through expansive body postures? A preregistered study in fourth graders.” Robert Korner, Hannes Kohler, Astrid Schuetz

Thousands of migraine headache sufferers find relief with chiropractic. Most medical practitioners do not understand or remain uneducated about the benefits of recommending chiropractic care to patients suffering with migraines. Chiropractors and researchers continue to see results and trends that other healthcare providers need to understand in order to effectively bring relief to hurting people. Research confirms that chiropractic spinal adjustments help relieve tension and reduce stress in the nervous system, giving migraine sufferers a unique advantage to tackling such a disabling condition.

Migraine headaches diagnose as being a severe, painful headache lasting for hours or days, often accompanied by flashes of light, blind spots, tingling in the arms and legs, nausea, vomiting, and increased sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines leave over 90% of sufferers unable to work or function normally during an episode.

Many factors contribute to the cause of a migraine headache. The plight of a migraine sufferer typically becomes agonizing and hopeless. The pain of a migraine represents one of the worst types of pain a person can endure. The pressure builds up from the base of the skull through the back of the eyes and makes the most menial tasks seem impossible. Migraine sufferers often succumb to any hope of relief prescribed by a medical doctor. The relentless pain usually leads to the consumption of powerful pharmaceutical drugs that bring a few hours relief but never solve the cause of the problem. The pain returns and the drugs often bring damaging side effects that prove just as damaging and harmful as the migraine pain.

Studies continue to produce priceless new recommendations, strategies, clinics, and procedures that provide relief and genuine healing. Chiropractic spinal adjustments provide relief to millions of migraine sufferers by releasing pressuring and stress from the spine and nervous system. Research shows that those who receive chiropractic spinal adjustments experienced less frequency, duration, disability and medication use stemming from migraines. Twenty percent of the subjects in the study actually experienced a 90% reduction in migraine symptoms from just two months of nervous system care.

Chiropractors assess and address specific areas of function in the nervous system through appropriate care of the spine. Every adjustment improves communication between the brain and body, reducing stress from the central nervous system. All migraine sufferers deserve to know about and experience the benefits achieved through chiropractic adjustments. Offer these five lifestyle implementations to anyone suffering from migraines.

5 health tips that address the cause of migraine headaches:

  1. Check and correct spinal alignment by a chiropractor (specifically in the upper neck)
  2. Remove neurotoxins from the diet (artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives)
  3. Increase daily water intake
  4. Get more quality sleep
  5. Move the body regularly (exercise to regularly increase heart rate)

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2000
A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine.” PJ Tuchin, H Pollard, R Bonello