Cracking Your Own Neck and Back: Safe or Dangerous?

Every upper cervical chiropractor based in Redwood City or anywhere else surely has been asked about this question for so many times. Is it safe or dangerous to crack your neck and back by yourself? 

People who do this may argue that cracking their neck or popping a spot in their back brings them a feeling of relief. However, self-manipulation can be dangerous if done on your own. 

The Dangers of Self-Manipulation

Self-manipulation is the practice of cracking or popping your neck or back to relieve the pain you are feeling. It is dangerous for a couple of reasons:

  1. It can lead to stroke. 

Studies show that something as simple as cracking your neck can increase your risk of health complications, such as having a stroke. When you regularly crack your neck, you may tear one of the arteries in your neck. This can result in blood clots in your arteries, blocking the blood supply to your brain. Called cervical artery dissection, this condition is a common cause of stroke. This is what exactly happened to a man in Oklahoma

  1. It can result in perpetual instability.

Whenever you crack your neck, you are stretching the ligaments around your joints. This may permanently stretch or damage your ligaments, putting you at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis. It is the disorder where the cartilage surrounding the bones and joints wear down. Therefore, it can also limit the mobility of your neck. As a result, you may find it extremely difficult to turn your head or even make movements. 

Leave It to an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Based in Redwood City

Since the spine is a critical structure, you would want to be careful with yours. Only have your back or neck adjusted from a licensed chiropractor who has comprehensive training on spinal adjustments. Or better yet, seek the care of chiropractors who do not resort to cracking or popping of the neck and back. They are none other than upper cervical chiropractors who only adjust the C1 and C2 vertebrae of the neck.

Schedule an appointment and visit us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, so we can help you get relief without cracking your back or neck.

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