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Should I Crack My Own Neck and Back?


We’ve all been there.

Your neck feels tight and your back feels stiff and sore. Almost like they are just on the verge of cracking – as though if you could just lessen the pressure a little bit, you’d feel great relief.

In essence, this describes a self-adjustment. This can happen naturally during the course of regular movements or exercise. But should you be doing it to yourself intentionally?

The shortest answer is: Yes and no.

Yes, because it may provide quick relief. No, because you risk doing it incorrectly and potentially causing more issues. Furthermore, you can’t fully adjust yourself correctly. Spinal manipulation, whether in the area of the neck, back, or both, is meant to increase range of motion and alleviate pain. If you’re only popping part of the spine, you could be doing more harm than good.

How often are you actually able to crack your own neck, back and other joints?

This is an important question to consider. If you are able to crack your joints or neck and back constantly and with little difficulty, it could be a sign of instability in the joint(s) or other underlying issues. The best solution then, is to allow your chiropractor to help strengthen the area which will allow it to re-stabilize.

Unintentional pops and cracks can happen, too.

Sometimes when we are stretching or exercising any muscles that surround or are near a joint, the underlying joint can pop inadvertently. This is ok to allow and may actually feel good. Unless there is immediate pain after the pop, there is little reason to be concerned.

While each body is unique, and that self-adjusting can bring some relief, it is always best to let your chiropractor assist you with full adjustments and strengthening. For more information, visit our website or call 815-756-8691.

Schram Chiropractic

229 E. Hillcrest Drive

DeKalb, IL 60115