Words do matter. They help to define a culture.
During every new patient orientation, I speak a little about how “it’s an adjustment, not a crack”. I think it helps people know that I’m not going to hurt any body parts. Absolutely nothing is being broken when you hear the crunching noise. I get it though – people are describing the sound they hear; one which Hollywood has always correlated with something bad happening.
An adjustment is simply a fine-tuning of something towards its optimal function. The definition is: a small alteration or movement made to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result. In the case of a spinal adjustment, we want the result to re-connect your brain-to-body function so all of your cells, organs, systems and tissues can operate to their highest potential.
I hope we can define a softer approach to chiropractic care here at AVANT. If you have any questions about chiropractic care, I’d be happy to chat more in depth anytime. Seriously!
Dr. Payne, D.C.