Waterloo Chiropractor- Is Your Hip Out?

Kieran Finnegan: Chiropractor, Myotherpaist (SLM) & Sports Massage Therapist

In short, no; your spine, hip, pelvis, bone is not out.This is a very common myth and like all good myths have a tendency to stick around. The

that stabailse and hold these area’s are extremely strong and your spine is very robust. Research shows that things such as spinal degeneration, disc bulges and other structural findings aren’t heavily related to back pain (1), so even if something were out, its more than likely not going to be an issue. In the last section of this article I will explain where I think alot of the confusion comes from.

Interestingly its not that people don’t get relief from treatment based around this idea. I have treated people who almost romanticise about having there bones put back in to place (this is usually set up by the person treating them & the placebo effect). Despite having months or even years of having something put back in, still experience pain or discomfort on a daily or weekly basis and all it takes is the wrong movement, exercise in the gym, increased stress levels etc and there in need of treatment again.

An area of confusion is exactly what an  adjustment, or ‘cracking’ is. Its not the bones going back into place but gas escaping the joints as a result of separation or releasing of the joints, back pain involves much more than just the joints, In fact it usually involves many other factors such as chronic muscle tension/muscle imbalances, stress, poor diets, intensive exercise programs, sedentary lifestyles, pain/fear avoidance etc… Personally I think most people would be less willing to pay $60-$80 just to have there joints released as opposed to having the hip put back in or spine realigned.

Another area of confusion is poor posture, which is essentially muscle imbalances. In the next article I will explain when/if this is a problem. Over the years I have seen many different techniques, gadgets, tools, wedges/blocks etc.. used as a means to correct short legs, rotated pelvis, poor posture etc. which usually don’t live up to the hype, if you are not getting significant work done on your muscles then you can just assume your postural issues aren’t been corrected. In the following article I will also show you ways you can identity these for yourself, so if the treatment you are receiving is primarily based off your posture you can objectively see if the treatment is correcting these things.