Can Self-Manipulation Really Be Unsafe?

self-manipulation, neck pain, neck ache, back pain, back acheThe term self-manipulation refers to when you try to crack or pop the bones of your neck back into place. Have you ever felt like you would feel much better if a certain area of your neck or back would just pop? In order to do that, have you ever tried to pop or crack it yourself or asked a friend to give you a hug from behind to do so? Let’s look at why it is not a good idea and how you can find real, safe relief.

Proof of the Danger of Self-Manipulation

A woman who was used to cracking her own neck suddenly started to feel ill. She had a severe headache, along with neck and shoulder pain, and a general feeling of being unwell. Thankfully, she sought medical attention, and it was discovered, after a battery of tests, she had a blood clot that could have killed her. This was caused by a tear in the vertebral artery and was brought about by self-manipulation. This proves just how serious self-manipulation can be, and we warn you to please not attempt it.

An Alternative to Self-Manipulation

If you feel as if you need to have your back or neck cracked, the best place to start is to visit us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California. This is especially important if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Trauma to the head, neck, or shoulders causing a concussion
  • Abnormal headaches or migraines
  • Burning or tingling in the fingers or toes
  • A clicking noise in the neck when moving from side to side
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Being unable to move the head to either side
  • Visual disturbances or sensitivity
  • One leg being shorter than the other
  • A spot tender to the touch located above the neck, below the skull, and behind the ears
  • Mid or low back pain
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder, neck, or back pain

We use a method that is both safe and gentle to help our patients realign their spines without popping or cracking them. They often see relief in just a few visits.

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