Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Crack Your Own Back

Hungerford Chiropractor Back Cracking

Have you ever stood up after you got out of bed in the morning, stretched your arms, and then turned side to side to crack your back? If so, you’re probably not alone. But that doesn’t mean it’s a habit you should continue with.

As your partner in spinal health, we want your back to be happy, healthy, and free of chronic issues and pain. But adjusting your own spine is something you should leave to us . . . . and here’s why:

Your spine is complex. In fact, it’s so complex that chiropractors and physiotherapists undergo thousands of hours of training to be able to provide you with the care that your body needs. The spine is one of the most complex structures in your body, and let’s face it, it is commonly mistreated.

Until they invent spinal replacements, you only get one, so entrust it to the care of a professional. By cracking, you could damage your nerves. Between each of your 33 spinal bones pass a network of nerves that help your brain communicate with the rest of your body.

Imagine letting an untrained friend, or even yourself, manipulate your bones forcefully without proper training or knowledge – it could wreak havoc on your nervous system or potentially even cause damage.

And you’re probably not adjusting the area that actually needs it. When a trained practitioner examines your spine and body, they find the areas of subluxation (areas that aren’t moving correctly) and work to correct the problem. Often the area that hurts isn’t actually the area where the problem lies.

So, if you twist to crack your spine because your lower back hurts, the issue could be somewhere else. This means if you repeatedly crack your spine, you can cause hyper mobile segments – which means you could be doing more harm than good.

If you’re dealing with back pain, let us help. Reduce your risk of limited mobility, muscle tears, injury, and more by seeing a trained professional for your healthcare instead of going the do-it-yourself route. We are always more than happy to have a chat and see if you could benefit from our services, make sure to give us a call.

Rebecca Mitchell
Hungerford Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Healthcare
01488 683 666


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