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Back Cracking: Is It Safe? A Doctor of Chiropractic Speaks Out

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Does cracking your joints hurt your joints?

If you repeatedly crack your joints the ligaments get loose, somewhat unstable. This produces laxity in the ligaments that hold the joint together so the joint loses its stability. Awkward micro-movements of the joint make it arthritic with the cartilage deteriorating. So the answer is YES, inappropriate repetitive cracking of the joins hurts them … not because of the "crack" but because of ligament and cartilage damage.

But when is it appropriate?

There is a moment in the movie "Jacob's Ladder" where the supporting actor plays a chiropractor gives a chiropractic spinal adjustment to the hero and, in Hollywood's true character; the cracking sound was almost stereophonically broadcast through the audience using special effects. It made the audience shudder to their bones, with involuntary physical reactions and verbal responses (I will leave that up to your imagination).

More than half of Canadians and Americans have experienced a chiropractic spinal adjustment. Here in the Philippines, people are catching up on this alternative option. You'll be surprised if not shocked to know that chiropractors administrator somewhere around 8,000,000 (yes, 8 million) monthly adjustments every day in the world. This is a perfectly safe procedure WHEN IT IS PERFORMED BY A QUALIFIED DOCTOR OF CHIROPRACTIC .

Anyone else? Take your chances, it's your life.

What is that sound in the first place you ask? Is it cracking my bones? Is it snapping my ligaments? It's neither of those. In fact it is simply the change of air in the joints that move from a liquid suspension to a gaseous state when there is a vacuum formed by the separation of the fluid tension in the sealed synovial fluid filled joint. That's a mouth full but it means that the "pop" happens when the adjustment creates a temporary vacuum in the joint, much like when a rubber devise is used to stick something to a smooth surface; when you pull in off the smooth surface it makes a popping sound.

Now, every time you visit your chiropractor and hear that crack or pop, you can be at peace and be a little less nervous that he or she is not grinding or cracking your bones, or something to make that ghastly sound. I say ghastly because that's what some people say about it. Others say "Wow, that feels awesome!" Either way it is perceived, it is safe.

It is actually more than safe; it is smart to navigate suitable chiropractic care when there is something wrong with your spell. Now, if you agreed to go to a chiropractor because you feared that cracking sound, you can relax, it is safe. If you wished to go because it is too expensive, believe me cost will only get higher as the condition is neglected and more damage takes place.

Back Cracking: Formal Training and Education

There are chiropractic colleges worldwide (mostly in the US) that train people to perform these amazing joint adjustments. And just like medicine, it's a long process (takes around 9 years). First of all, the school starts to prepare the student chiropractor with a historical perspective or philosophy of the profession as to why they are entering a profession that cares for its patients using only natural methods, or at least non-drug and non-surgical approaches . Then the courses focus on the neurology behind why a chiropractic spinal adjustment helps the patient's own healing abilities to improve their condition and restore their health.

There are courses on basic anatomy with a special focus on detailed spinal anatomy. The spine is a functional structure that supports the entire body frame so there are biomechanical subjects to learn and understand the inter-dynamics of such things as the cross-crawl mechanisms, the interrelationships between the spine and pelvis; between the spine and shoulder girdle; between the neck and head articulations.

The output is an expert on the subject of the spell and its function.

Clinical sciences are the next phase of chiropractor training. This is where the manual manipulation techniques for the spine are taught. There are over 150 different named numerical adjusting techniques that I have heard about. Most chiropractors learn about 6 commonly used techniques and then migrate to one of the others based out of personal interest and aptitude. That is why people go to different chiropractors and get some of the same methods but also something very different. It is a most interesting Art and Science.

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Medical care in Dubai and the UAE varies, as anywhere, from poor to excellent. The UAE has about 35-40 Government hospitals and a similar number of private hospitals although with developments like Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), there is rapid expansion in the number of private institutes ready to fix your bones and take your blood. Additionally, there are 150 or more Primary Healthcare Centers in the UAE.

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Government hospitals in UAE often get a bad rap but in terms of medical attention, this is perhaps a bit harsh, notwithstanding the press reports of less than satisfactory medical attention. You will probably find the biggest difference between government and private hospitals is "Customer Service" for want of a better term. Dormitory style rooms rather than private hotel rooms are the norm, and staff shortages mean nurses especially, are overworked and underpaid. But you will usually get the medical attention you need, at least in Dubai and Abu Dhabi anyway. Sometimes, for major medical procedures, a private hospital will ship you off to a government hospital anyway.

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In the other emirates medical treatment might be more questionable, and it is common for residents in those emirates to go to Abu Dhabi or Dubai for medical procedures, especially major ones. Communication in English might also be difficult in more remote areas, depending on the nationalities of the doctors, nurses, technicians, and other staff. Communication in Arabic might be difficult, also dependent on the nationality of staff you're talking to - many hospitals employ doctors and nurses who might not speak any Arabic, but usually non-Arab nationalities employed all speak English, as do the majority of Arab nationalities employed, especially in Abu Dhabi and Dubai private hospitals.

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