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Why you should not 'crack' or 'adjust' yourself on purpose

Jul 12

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!


What exactly is a chiropractor?


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.


What are the "clicks" and "pops" that you might hear during adjustments?


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!


Why do people feel the need to 'crack' or 'adjust' themselves?


There are a few reasons why people might feel the urge to 'crack' or 'adjust' their own bodies:


  1. To relieve pain - Adjustments can help reduce pressure on nerves and improve joint function, leading to reduced pain. When a joint is restricted, you may feel compelled to alter it yourself in order to allow more movement and restore function. Sounds fine in theory, but chiropractors are trained to pinpoint the precise regions that require adjustment.


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.


  1. To increase range of motion - When joints are not moving properly, it can lead to reduced range of motion. Adjustments can help improve joint function and increase range of motion.


  1. To feel good - Some people simply enjoy the sensation of 'cracking' or 'popping' their own bodies!

Why shouldn't you 'crack' or 'adjust' yourself?


  1. It can be dangerous - There are a lot of delicate structures in your body, and it is easy to injure yourself if you don't know what you're doing.


  1. It's not always effective - Just because you feel a 'pop' or 'crack' doesn't mean that you've actually adjusted anything.


  1. It can make things worse - If you adjust yourself improperly, you can actually end up making your pain worse.


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!