Originally Posted by Bonni
Spinal manipulation/adjusting is not something to play around with. Amateurs... like MD's, AT's, MT's, [most] PT's, etc., end up causing more harm than good with sloppy manipulation.
And before anybody gets their back up in a huff, "amateur" refers to "dabbling around... superficial study... doing once-in-a-while..."
A cardio-thoracic surgeon is an amateur in orthopedic surgery.
The only professionals at spinal adjusting/manipulation are..
1) Chiropractors (far and away... spinal analysis and adjustive procedures are the most comprehensive and important part of a Chiropractors training),
2) Osteopaths (but getting less and less over the past few decades. Osteopaths are becoming more "medical," and an Osteopath can go through their entire training without performing even one OMT procedure)
and lastly, 3) Some
PT's who have advanced training in grade V mobilizations of the spine. I still have reservations calling PT's "professionals" at spinal adjusting, however, due to their comparative lack of diagnostic/analytical skills and knowledge of spinal anatomy/physiology/biomechanics... just like Chiropractors are amateurs at physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Everyone else is an amateur.
Improper spinal manipulation can cause sprain/strain injuries, can often "pop" the wrong side or wrong vertebral level, and sets the stage for future instability.
Just because something goes "pop" or "crack" does not mean a corrective
procedure has been done. Popping an already hypermobile articulation further progresses spinal weaknesses. Temporary relief of pain from improper joint cavitation, just like taking an aspirin, may mask symptoms and discomfort, but provides nothing to support the body's healing processes... and often undermines the healing process.
Most properly applied Chiropractic adjustments don't rely on popping noises (cavitation.) For many regions and areas of the spine, a fingertip force of a few ounces, or a pound or two, is plenty to stimulate the central nervous system and the spinal muscles to self-correct a restriction or imbalance.
skidbump, my advice is to find yourself a good Chiropractor. Don't trust your spinal health and integrity to an amateur.