A 39-year-old female asked:
did chiropractic make me permanently taller? after visits i'm now 3 inches taller. posture not bad to begin with, not hunched. im 39.is this possible?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Rowlin Lichter answered
71 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Hocus Pocus: You are now standing more erect. No-one can make you permanently taller. Nature and time will make you shorter. Yes, lying down will let your discs swell and may make you taller or more correctly longer until you stand up for a while. A chiro trick is to let you lie down while they apply traction. If you lie down long enuf you will measure a tad taller but that will be gone before you reach home.
Answered on Feb 6, 2016
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