Today’s Question: “Is it bad to “crack” your back or neck a lot?”
This question is frequently asked because people associate the “cracking” or “popping” of one’s back or neck with a chiropractic adjustment. The two are not the same thing!
If a person has a desire to “crack” his/her neck (or back) it is often because one area of their spine is fixated or jammed causing another area to move too much and “pop”! It’s the fixated or jammed area that needs to be properly adjusted by a chiropractor so that the other parts of the spine will not be hypermobile and noisy. When you “crack” your back you may be relieving the tension for a little while. Do you notice how it keeps coming back? That is because the cause of the spinal tension, the fixated or jammed (subluxated) vertebrae, has not been corrected.
Any person who makes a habit out of “cracking” or “popping” their back or neck needs to go to a Doctor of Chiropractic to have their spine checked. Even a chiropractor cannot adjust him/herself.