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Cracking Facts and Myths

The verb “to crack” means to break, split, or snap apart. The verb “to adjust” means to modify and correct, or it is the therapeutic manipulation of the vertebrae or joints. With that knowledge, would you prefer to be adjusted or cracked? There are many misconceptions when it comes to chiropractic care. Some of those misconceptions are that you go to the chiropractor to get “cracked” and that chiropractic care is dangerous.

“Doc, I can twist and adjust myself!” This is a common phrase patients use in chiropractic offices. When we pop or crack our own knuckles or back, the sound does not mean we adjusted ourselves. What many people do not know is that the crack or pop sound is gas being released from between the joints. Even though an audible popping noise can be heard during an adjustment, the adjustment itself targets hypomobile joints. Adjusting these segments improves motion, which allows nutrients to flow to different parts of the spine. This allows your nervous system to function optimally.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, 95% of people say chiropractic care is effective. Chiropractic care is one of the most safe and natural ways to heal. What makes it so unique is that every chiropractor has a different technique. Not all chiropractors adjust forcefully or twist your back or neck. For some there is a fear that a side-posture “twisting adjustment” may aggravate a herniated disc injury. In our office we utilize a gentle and specific prone technique. Utilizing this technique allows us to adjust the spine without twisting while still getting the same positive outcomes. For many, knowing there will be no twisting alleviates the stress and anxiety they have about chiropractic care.

At Kucera Chiropractic and Acupuncture we utilize a gentle but specific adjusting technique that is safe for the entire family. Crack or no crack, we will get you back to doing what you love. We are conveniently located at 1404 N. 203rd St, Suite 104, Elkhorn, NE. Visit our website at for more information, or give us a call at (531) 721- 2050.

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