Frequently asked Questions


What causes the sound of an adjustment?

Actually, not all adjusting techniques produce the sound associated with “popping knuckles”. Some create no sound at all, some a little. Many techniques, however, do create the sound of a spinal “release”. What causes it? The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated.

Is it bad to “crack” your neck or back a lot?

The desire to pop the neck or back is caused by tension from a jammed or fixated vertebra, which causes another part of the spine to compensate by moving too much and “popping” a lot. The jammed part should be adjusted by a chiropractor so that the rest of the spinal column will balance and stop being so movable and noisy.

So I’m not “adjusting” myself?

Cracking or popping your neck gives relief for a while, but soon the urge to pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal tension hasn’t been corrected.

Do Chiropractors have medical (M.D.) degrees?

Chiropractors have Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degrees granted from chiropractic collages. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in some respects and different in others because chiropractors from Cape Town Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs and medical doctors do not correct the vertebral subluxation complex.

Can I tell if I have spinal nerve stress without consulting a chiropractor?

Not Always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity – you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. An occasional spinal check-up from Cape Town Chiropractors is always a good idea.

Is Chiropractic care addictive?

If only it were (just a little!), there’d be a lot less sick people around and we chiropractors wouldn’t get patients who “ last saw a chiropractor a few years ago when my back went out”. It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result of periodic chiropractic care. You may become more sensitive to your body and know when you’ve “lost” your adjustment.

Can i go only once?

Of course. Once is better than never. But chiropractic from Cape Town Chiropractors can help in so many ways. Why not ask your chiropractor about your personal spinal care needs?

Is Chiropractic similar to massage?

No. Chiropractic deals with the spinal column, nervous system, meninges and body structure. Massage therapists deal with muscle tension, circulation, and body fluid drainage.

Can Chiropractic prevent back surgery?

In a majority of cases the answer is a resounded YES.

Can a person who had back surgery see a Chiropractor?

YES. It’s an unfortunate fact that half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. Chiropractic from Cape Town Chiropractors may help prevent repeated operations.

Can a person with a broken back or neck see a Chiropractor?

AFTER THE BREAK HEALS, YES. In fact, a broken bone forms a callus or bone scar when it heals that is stronger than the rest of the bone which should dispel any concerns about the safety of an adjustment. People who have had broken bones need chiropractic check-ups because accidents usually cause spinal subluxations.

Is Chiropractic safe?

Chiropractic is among the safest of the healing arts. As proof one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors, especially orthopaedists and surgeons.

Can I go to a Chiropractor if I’m under medical care?

YES. Having your spinal nerve stress corrected is important, no matter what other type of health care you are receiving. Today many chiropractors and medical doctors are working together in clinics and on joint research projects. Medical doctors are quite likely to have patients who are under chiropractic care, in fact many see a chiropractor from Cape Town Chiropractors themselves.

Do Chiropractors believe in medicine and surgery?

Certainly. There are times when intervention in the form of medicine or surgery is absolutely necessary but there is never a time when the nourishment one puts into one’s body or one’s mind is not essential to health.

Can spines automatically go back in place?

YES. There are verified instances of blind people recovering eyesight after a fall, of individuals able to walk again after their wheelchair was thrown, and of amnesiacs who remember their past after receiving a trauma – these are examples of “accidental adjustments” in which a trauma accidentally realigned the spine. A visit to the chiropractor at Cape Town Chiropractors is a lot safer.

I’m not sick, should I see a Chiropractor?

YES. Symptoms are not a good way to judge health. They sometimes surface only after years of body malfunction.

How often should I get a spinal adjustment?

The answer is “as soon as you develop spinal nerve stress”. But since spinal nerve stress is often painless, it’s good to get your spine checked periodically by someone from Cape Town Chiropractors, as you get your teeth checked periodically for “painless” cavities.