No! Not at all… Each patient’s spine and care plan is unique. Everyone has 26 moving bones in the spine that can each move in seven different directions. Each individual patient is analyzed and examined for his or her age, condition and health goals. There are a wide variety of spinal patterns. There are several different chiropractic techniques and philosophies to choose from which will accommodate different types of people.
Some techniques and philosophies are better suited for the geriatric age group. These people look for care that will bring a better quality health lifestyle, as they get older. Often chiropractic will offer the kind of quality health care that they seek. Other techniques and philosophies are better suited for the very young. As a baby or a child grows and develops, there are certainly many bumps and bruises to deal with along the way. Many preliminary studies also suggest that colic, unusual crying patterns, loss of appetite, some ear infections and loss of sleep, just to name a few, can be linked to problems of the spine in young babies and children.
In general, most patients get chiropractic care depending on their needs. Proper tests and exams followed by a series of x-rays on the initial consultation help guide the chiropractor to the sources of the spinal problem. Some adjusting methods can produce a “popping” sound when the gas and fluids in the joint shift. It is a lot like opening a bottle of champagne or removing a suction cup. The sound is interesting, but it is not a guide to the quality or value of the chiropractic treatment. There are many different scenarios that explain what I am trying to say…all people are not adjusted the same way.
Dr Jean-Luc LeBlanc, chiropractor