Is it Bad to Crack Your Back?

by Dr. Nathan Hinkeldey on December 19, 2012


Video Transcript:

Hi, my name is Dr. Nate Hinkeldey and today’s question is “Is it a good idea for me to pop or crack my own back or neck?” I get this question a lot, especially from my younger patients.

The short answer is, it’s never a good idea to crack the joints in your body by yourself.

What you’re actually doing when you’re cracking yourself is mobilizing your joints, and while this can provide temporary relief for minor muscle tension, it can also lead to hypermobility, or too much movement in the joint.

Too much movement in the joint means your muscles have to work harder to stabilize the joint, which leads to more muscle tension and the need to crack yourself again.

So, in other words, when you crack your back to relieve muscle tension, you’re actually setting yourself up for additional muscle tension. That’s why you feel the need to crack yourself every 10 to 20 minutes.

That’s also why it’s important to leave joint manipulation to myself or another health care professional.

Prior to any treatment, a thorough exam will help us to identify the source of your tension and pain. From there, we can apply the most effective techniques to eliminate your discomfort, which may include: joint manipulation, soft tissue techniques, and corrective exercises.

You don’t have to live with pain. Trust Team Chiropractic & Rehab, where we empower our patients to work hard, play harder, and expect more.


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