Is Cracking Your Back Bad For You

Athletic fitness woman rubbing the muscles of her lower back.

Whether you’ve been sitting down at a desk all day or you’ve been on your feet running errands, your back will most likely start to feel tense and achy. When your back stiffens up or causes you any pain, you have to wonder what is the best way to remedy it in order to release the tension. Although uncomfortable, this is not too big of a problem as cracking your back can usually fix it. You begin to twist and turn waiting to hear that “pop” and feel relieved. This feels good but is it actually bad for you? Let’s find out.

Should You Do The Cracking Yourself?

Many people crack their back to ease discomfort. However, it is not the best idea to crack your back yourself. It is also not wise to have someone without a license in chiropractic medicine do any cracking either. There are several dangers when it comes to self-adjusting.

These dangers include the following:

  • Brain injuries
  • Disk damage
  • A potential stroke

Chiropractors are trained and licensed to adjust someone correctly. However, even licensed chiropractors do not adjust themselves because of the potential risks.

Why See A Chiropractor?

When you visit a chiropractor, you’ll get an adjustment which is defined as a specific thrust applied to a vertebra. When you crack your joints, whether it is your neck, back, or knuckles, you’re doing the same thing, except chiropractors are trained to know which joints really need adjusting. With a chiropractor, you are being adjusted with the full knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of those specific joints.

If you don’t have the time to run to see a chiropractor, there are some alternatives. You can use ice, pain creams, and maintain movement as much possible until you can get properly adjusted.

How Bad Is Cracking Your Back?

This is a complex question because many people crack their backs regularly and do not notice any effects. Sometimes it is difficult to avoid cracking because it can be the quickest form of relief when your back stiffens up. Obviously, causing your back to crack in moderation is better than cracking it habitually. However, if you crack your back all the time, you could be causing permanent damage to the joints in your back and spine. This can lead to hyper-mobility. It is best to not crack your back yourself and instead, seek medical help with a trained chiropractor who can adjust you properly and safely.

Why Cracking Your Back Constantly is Bad for You

Doing this over and over again can often cause a condition that is called hyper-mobility. If you have an urge to crack your back multiple times throughout the day, you should seek help from a medical professional to avoid this condition as well as the dangers that can occur from cracking your own back.

Hyper-Mobility: How Does it Happen?

When you stretch, pop your back in place, or crack it regularly – the muscles that are surrounding the spine and even the spine itself gets stretched unnecessarily.

The elasticity of these muscles, ligaments, tissues and spinal cord act such as pulling, tugging and releasing. Just like how a rubber band works.

If a rubber band is stretched repeatedly in a small amount of time, it loses its spring, also known as elasticity. This same phenomenon happens to your back when it is cracked time and time again. This can decrease the proper function of your spine, back muscles, and the ligaments that are around them. This is where and how hyper-mobility happens.

About Soloway Chiropractic

At Soloway Chiropractic, our licensed professionals are trained to diagnose and appropriately care for or refer patients for the care they require. We provide our clients with the ultimate healthcare experience with results-driven, evidence-based treatment that highlights restoring, preserving, and optimizing health by natural hands-on care. Our main focus is to optimize our client’s health with a non-invasive approach in addition to providing the finest chiropractic treatment that skillfully blends high-level chiropractic care with excellence in service. If you are suffering from back pain or having problems sleeping with back pain, contact us today for a consultation.

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