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Scared of Spinal manipulation (adjustments) read this!

I have recently encountered a whole lot of questions from patients asking me whether getting their neck cracked, back cracked and other joints cracked would result in paralysis. This could not be further from the truth. I understand the concern because if you look at the media these days, you may have come across articles about people dying of strokes after a chiropractic neck adjustment. This will lead the reader to believe there is a 1:1 cause and effect relationship between neck adjustments and strokes or other adverse effects.

Now, you may be wondering why a physiotherapist is writing this article, as the common public perception is that chiropractors are the lone profession doing these adjustments. Well that is certainly not true. Physiotherapists are just as qualified when trained to be perfoming these techniques. Of course I am biased because I am a physiotherapist who commonly practices these techniques. See HERE 

I have been manipulating for a while and as I continuously love to upgrade my skills, I recently attended a Spinal Manipulation course in Buffalo. It was held by the Spinal Manipulation Institute which was not only excellent at showing the techniques but it was also great at digging through the research to highlight the truth behind the risks and benefits of spinal manipulation. I would like to highlight some of the points that came up during the course to put prospective patients at ease about spinal manipulation!

* BONES DO NOT GO OUT OF PLACE BY THEMSELVES - SO AN ADJUSTMENT CANNOT PUT THEM BACK IN PLACE

* SHOULD YOU MANIPULATE A CHILD - YES! DON'T DENY THEM THE OPPORTUNITY OF PAIN RELIEF AS THE FORCES APPLIED DON'T EVEN COME CLOSE TO WHAT THEY GET WHEN THEY RUN AROUND IN A PLAYGROUND

* BABIES SHOULD NOT BE MANIPULATED - A PERSONAL OPINION

* THE BONES DON'T "CRACK" - THE POPPING SOUND IS RELATED TO RELEASE OF NITROGEN GAS WHICH IS RELEASED - THE MORE POPS THE BETTER!


* WHY DO YOU FEEL LOOSER AFTER A CRACK? YOU ARE SIMPLY REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF MUSCLE SPASM IN THE AREA - NOT LOOSENING JOINTS

* THE RISK OF DEATH DUE TO STROKE WITHIN 58 DAYS OF A MEDICAL DOCTOR'S VISIT VS A CHIROPRACTIC VISIT WHERE THE CHIROPRACTOR DID A NECK MANIPULATION IS IDENTICAL. THIS IS ONLY ONE PIECE OF EVIDENCE BUT THERE ARE MANY MORE WHICH INDICATE A LOW RISK OF STROKE DUE TO MANIPULATION


There is no reason you should fear a spinal manipulation, and they can bring you amazing effects for pain relief. However, not everyone should recieve spinal manipulation. For your own safety, Physiotherapists and Chiropractors at Mobo Physio in North York are trained to screen for risk factors and this is a must before perfoming this type of treatment.


Morris Senior, PT,CSCS,FMS,GAMP

Owner of Mobo Physio


Do you have neck or back pain? Unsure if spinal manipulation is right for you? Please give us a call at 647-344-6636 or email your questions to info@mobophysio.com