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The Dangers of Self-Adjustments: Why You Shouldn't Crack or Adjust Yourself

woman spine overlapOver the years, we’ve encountered numerous individuals who have asked the question, “Can I do chiropractic adjustments myself?” It’s a common inquiry, often prompted by the habit of self-cracking the neck or back.

As your partner in health, we wanted to shed some light on the topic, and let you know why this is one bad habit we should all put to bed.

The Allure of Self-Cracking: A Bad Habit with Risks

Sure, there’s something alluring about self-cracking your neck or back. It feels good and sounds cool, especially when done in front of friends. However, we often warn patients that this seemingly harmless habit can lead to serious consequences over time.

Understanding the Impact on Ligaments and Joints

When individuals continually crack their neck or back, the ligaments that connect the bones together lose their elasticity and become weaker. This leads to increased joint sloppiness and can accelerate the development of arthritis. Dr. Mark compares this to a pair of socks losing elasticity, emphasizing the long-term repercussions of such actions on joint health.

The Difference with Professional Chiropractic Care

In contrast to self-cracking, professional chiropractic care involves specific training and a scientific approach. Chiropractors undergo extensive schooling and training to identify and address stuck joints otherwise known as vertebral subluxation, through precise adjustments. At Advantage Chiropractic, we help to ensure the proper function of your joints to prevent long-term damage.

The Importance of Seeking Professional Care

The next time you feel the need to twist or crack yourself, we encourage you to think twice-and then pick up the phone to give us a call. We’re always here when you need an adjustment!

If you have any questions or concerns regarding care, feel free to reach out to Advantage Chiropractic to schedule an appointment. Remember, your spine’s health is worth investing in for the long term!

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