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Is It Safe to Crack Your Own Back?

By Donna Stark 

How many times during the day do you catch yourself twisting your back, turning your neck, or lifting your shoulders as high as they can go simply to find some quick relief from the tightness that is enveloping your upper body? And when you do that, do you look forward to all the cracking and popping sounds? Well, you are certainly not alone! Many people crack their back and neck because it feels really good to do so, but is it healthy to do so? Here's what your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic have to say about that.

Cracking Your Back and Neck

Although cracking the joints in your body is generally a safe thing to do, that doesn't mean there isn't potential for injury. Whether you crack your back to relieve tension or you crack your back out of habit, you may want to reconsider your actions. Here are some of the injuries you could possibly sustain while cracking your own joints.

  • Joint instability
  • Muscle, ligament, and nerve damage
  • Disc irritation

See Your Chiropractor Instead

The main issue with "self-cracking" is that more than likely, you are only adjusting your healthy joints instead of getting to problematic ones that are causing your discomfort. Without the proper training, it is difficult to know where the joint dysfunctions are and how to effectively target them. Cracking your back or neck may bring some instant relief, but can you see how that relief is usually only temporary now?

Fortunately, there is an easy way to find and treat that underlying source of discomfort. Seeing your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic for routine adjustments can help you break the habit of cracking your own back and neck. By placing your spine in correct alignment, easing muscle tension and strain, removing joint dysfunction, and encouraging proper posture, your chiropractor can help you find the relief that you have been trying to achieve on your own, without the risk of injury. On top of that, routine chiropractic care can also improve your overall health and wellness in the process, so you really don't have anything to lose!

Get Adjusted Today!

Are you ready to toss that temporary relief aside and give chiropractic care a try? Come on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today! With locations all across the country, hassle-free visits, and no appointments required, it couldn't be any easier to stop the self-cracking!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in The Woodlands, Tex.

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