Why Popping Your Neck and Back Is Harmful

Popping My Back

Many people play amateur chiropractor on themselves or others, thinking that there’s no harm in doing so. After all, it feels good to pop your neck and if chiropractors do it, then why can’t you?

Even if we look over the fact that your chiropractor has almost a decade of education on how to perform alignments in addition to the experience he or she has gained since becoming a doctor, there are still a lot of reasons why you need to avoid trying to crack your back or neck.

  • People who crack their joints a lot can develop problems with normal joint motion.
  • People who regularly manipulate themselves may be stretching out their ligaments.
  • People who pop their joints may experience swelling or loss of strength in the area.
  • It’s noisy and annoying to those around you.

While cracking your knuckles won’t give you arthritis, it can definitely decrease the efficiency of tendons and joints as you grow older. Furthermore, the habit may eventually lead to the point where you have to stop and crack your joints several times throughout the day. For the sake of your joints, it’s time to give up the home chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractic and Popping are as Different as Night and Day

If you’ve never visited a chiropractor, I encourage you to make an appointment. After receiving an adjustment you’ll see that your doctor of chiropractic uses very different techniques to manipulate the joints than you do.

Chiropractic care often doesn’t even involve a popping sound, because a manipulation is not joint popping. Instead, your chiropractor uses specialized techniques to manipulate the bones and joints into alignment. Sometimes this may result in a popping noise as the gases in the body rush to the site that’s being adjusted, but this is not the same as cracking your neck.

Why You Should Visit Your Chiropractic Team

Neck Adjustment

There are many reasons why you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with a doctor of chiropractic. Beyond the obvious flexibility and relief from pain that a chiropractic treatment provides, it can also deliver other benefits like:

  • Increased efficiency of the nervous system.
  • Improvement in the body’s nutrient supply.
  • Reduced pressure on the nerves.
  • Reduced blood pressure.
  • A feeling of relaxation.

There are many different reasons to visit a chiropractor, but one of the most important is to relieve you from the duty of trying to perform your own alignment. Popping your own neck or back is annoying and could cause long-term health problems. Allowing a friend or family member to pop your neck could be even more dangerous. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective and inexpensive way to relieve the pressure in your joints so when it comes to your health, let the professionals handle the job.


Story credit, Photo credit: Popping My Back by Brian E. FordNeck Adjustment by Gunnar Hellekson. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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