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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

The Art and Science Behind Chiropractic Adjustments: How Do Chiropractors Know Where to Crack?


Hello, I'm Dr. Rory Dopps from Dopps Chiropractic in Overland Park, Kansas. Many people wonder how chiropractors know exactly where to apply adjustments, also known as "cracking" the joints. In this blog, we will explore the art and science behind chiropractic adjustments and the techniques used by chiropractors to identify the precise areas in need of treatment.

Chiropractors are trained professionals who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with a particular focus on the spine. They use a combination of hands-on techniques, diagnostic tools, and patient information to determine the most effective treatment approach.

Here's how chiropractors know where to apply adjustments:

  1. Patient history: Gathering a detailed patient history is a crucial first step. Chiropractors ask about previous injuries, medical conditions, and symptoms to help identify potential problem areas in the spine or other joints.

  2. Physical examination: Chiropractors conduct a thorough physical examination, assessing factors such as posture, range of motion, muscle strength, and reflexes. This helps pinpoint areas of misalignment, joint dysfunction, or muscle imbalance.

  3. Palpation: Using their hands, chiropractors feel for areas of tenderness, tightness, or restricted movement in the spine or surrounding tissues. This hands-on assessment helps identify joints that may require adjustments.

  4. Diagnostic imaging: In some cases, chiropractors may use diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or MRIs, to get a clearer view of the spine and identify any underlying issues.

  5. Chiropractic techniques: Chiropractors are trained in a variety of techniques to address specific joint dysfunctions. They use their expertise to determine which technique is most appropriate for each patient and their particular needs.

  6. Ongoing assessment: Chiropractors continuously monitor their patients' progress and adjust treatment plans as needed, ensuring they're always targeting the right areas.

In conclusion, chiropractors rely on a combination of expertise, diagnostic tools, and patient information to determine where to apply adjustments. This thorough approach helps ensure that chiropractic care is both safe and effective. If you're experiencing musculoskeletal pain or discomfort, consider scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor like myself. You can book an appointment online at Also, don't forget to visit our nutrition shop on our website for products designed to support your overall health and well-being.

Stay healthy, and remember to take care of your spine!


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