Do you intentionally 'crack' or 'pop' your back, neck, or other parts of your body? Today, we'll discuss what adjustments are, why you might feel the need to "crack" or "adjust" yourself, why you shouldn't, and what you can do instead!
A chiropractor is an allied health specialist who concentrates on the neurological system (which includes the brain, spine, and nerves exiting the spine) and the musculoskeletal system (consisting of muscles and joints). They are doctors of their field and provide continuing comprehensive healthcare like primary healthcare practitioners. They can be accessed by the public without a referral from a general practitioner.
Chiropractors execute adjustments with the goal of restoring joint movement and improving joint and nervous system function. By enhancing joint movement, less pressure builds up, relieving pressure on nerves exiting the spine and reducing the burden on the surrounding muscles.
The 'clicks' and 'pops' you might hear during an adjustment are actually gas being released from a joint, not the adjustment itself. While it can be difficult to ignore the noises, chiropractors aim to restore movement and improve function of a joint and the nervous system - this can happen even if the noises are not there!
There are a few reasons why people might feel the urge to 'crack' or 'adjust' their own bodies:
Most of the time, when we force the adjustment, we are actually adjusting the wrong joints - it is the nearby joints that 'click.' You'll feel relieved at first, but you'll likely feel compelled to make another modification soon after. Why? The joint that requires more movement remains problematic, and what has occurred is that you have increased movement in the neighboring joints, which can lead to hypermobility.
Why shouldn't you 'crack' or 'adjust' yourself?
What should you do instead of 'cracking' or 'adjusting' yourself? If you're experiencing pain, reduced range of motion, or other problems, it's best to see a chiropractor. Chiropractors are trained professionals who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
If you're not in pain but simply enjoy the sensation of 'cracking' or 'popping' your joints, there's no need to stop! Just be sure to do it in a safe and controlled manner.
At Peak Potential Family Chiropractic, we are committed to providing you with quality chiropractic care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!