It’s an adjustment, not a crack!

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! 

Stay awesome,

Dr. Payne, D.C. 

Misconception: Icing

Ice jumped on the scene when NFL coaches in the 1960’s utilized it for pain relief to get their players back on the field. It was readily accessible, cheap and effective without the side effects of drugs. Then came the standard mantra in sport therapy circles: Rest, ICE, compress, and elevate for injury – R.I.C.E. for short.  

One common misconception is that people think “icing promotes healing”. I think this thought has to do with the popular notice of if I am out of pain then I am better. To confirm, ice does NOT help the healing process and in fact hinders it. Yes, it numbs the pain. It also reduces lymph flow.

The lymph system is the garbage collection and elimination system of the body. It helps to deal with the elimination of inflammation produced by injury. There are NO peer-reviewed journals that show applying ice increases healing and prevents injury. Ice water baths are another story, which I’ll write about next. 

Click here for a great video from Kelly Starrett, author of The Supple Leopard. 

Dr. Payne, D.C.