Spine Self-Cracking: Chiropractors Warn Against Trying It

Posted in Lower Extremities Health Conditions on Sep 20, 2021

Many people have learned that spine cracking is one of the waysin which chiropractors help patients regain flexibility and reducepain. It is true, the adjustments perform during chiropractictreatments will sometimes make the patient feel and hear thiscracking. However, this is a precise procedure, requiring thousandsof hours of training and practice. Thus, the practice of spineself-cracking is something you should definitely not try.

The Spine Self-Cracking Trend: YouTube Is Not MedicalSchool

The average chiropractor will go through 4,600 hours of medicalschool before they receive their degree and the license topractice. The average YouTube video purporting to show people howto perform spine self-cracking is 3 minutes long.

This simple comparison should be enough to dissuade anyone fromtrying this practice. However, there is a worrisome increase in thenumber of people trying spine self-cracking, according tochiropractors. These people eventually come to a licensedpractitioner with back pain and various other symptoms caused bythis unsafe practice.

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Your Spine Is a Highly Complex System

Self spine-cracking is not a DIY wellbeing technique likepilates or yoga. When a chiropractor puts their hands on your backand starts manipulating your spine, they know exactly what they aredoing.

First of all, they know how your spine is built and how it works.For the average person, the spine consists of the spinal cord whichruns through the hollow space created by the vertebrae stacked oneon top of the other.

In reality, the spine consists of:

•    Many nerves going from the brain throughvarious parts of the body

•    33 vertebrae

•    Cushions between the vertebrae calleddiscs.

Why You Should Not Try Spine Self-Cracking? ChiropractorsExplain:

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Chiropractors know that the cracking sounds the patient hearsare actually made by gases escaping from between vertebrae as theybecome aligned back in their natural position. However, spinecracking is not the actual purpose of chiropractic adjustments.Many procedures are not accompanied by any sounds at all.

Straining your back for spine self-cracking can, in fact, causedamage to the spine. As you move your body, without knowing exactlywhat happens inside you, you may twist or even displace a disc orvertebra.

The short-term relief you feel (mostly induced by autosuggestion),may be followed by back pain, numbness in your arms or feet, andother painful or debilitating symptoms.

What Exactly Are the Consequences of SpineSelf-Cracking?

So, what can go wrong during spine self-cracking? Chiropractorshave seen many patients suffering from:

•    Joint Strain – the unnatural movements meant tomake the spine crack can put undue pressure on joints, causingstrain and inflammation

•    Nerve Injury – in various cases, the nerves inthe spinal cord can get pinched between vertebrae, or even suffermicro-tearing

•    Muscle tears – muscles are flexible, but if youpush them beyond their limit, they can get torn, with painfulconsequences.

Also, not every cracking sound you hear means that you haverealigned your spine. It may also mean that the discs (the cushionsbetween the vertebrae) are worn out and what you hear is the soundof bone rubbing on bone.

Do Not Rely on Friends (Unless They AreChiropractors)

Asking a friend to crack your spine is also not a good idea. Ifyour friend does not have chiropractic training (and the license topractice), they may cause a lot of damage to your spine.

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