Have you ever stood up after you got out of bed in the morning, stretched your arms, and then turned side to side to crack your back?
If so, you’re probably not alone. But that doesn’t mean it’s a habit you should continue with.
As your partner in spinal health, we want your back to be happy, healthy, and free of chronic issues like pain. But adjusting your own spine is something you should leave to us-and here’s why.
Your spine is complex. In fact, it’s so complex that chiropractors undergo thousands of hours of training to be able to provide you with the care that your body needs. The spine is fragile, and let’s face it, you only get one!
You could damage your nerves. Between each of your 33 spinal bones pass a network of nerves that help your brain communicate with the rest of your body. Imagine letting an untrained friend, or even yourself, move your bones forcefully without proper training or knowledge-it could wreak havoc on your nervous system or even cause damage.
You’re likely not adjusting the area that needs it. When a spinalogist examines your spine and body, they find the areas of subluxation and work to correct the problem. Sometimes (quite often, in fact), the area that hurts isn’t the area where the problem lies. So, if you twist to crack your spine because your lower back hurts, the issue could be somewhere else, which means you’re doing more harm than good.
The truth is, if we think of 3 joints in a row in your spine and the middle one is stuck (for want of a better word), the joints above and/ or below can become slightly more mobile to compensate and give you the movement you need. When you hear the cracking joint, it may not be the one that really needs to release but the ones already compensating! Hence the temporary relief.
People then start doing it more and more to get that satisfaction until eventually it becomes a habit. A habit that you don’t even realise how frequently you’re doing it. The trouble with this is, you can cause your joints to become hypermobile (or too mobile) or even weak over time. This can be just as problematic as if your joints are too stiff.
If you’re dealing with back pain, let us help. Reduce your risk of limited mobility, muscle tears, injury, and more by seeing a trained professional for your spinal care instead of going the do-it-yourself route.
We look forward to getting to know you and welcoming you into the centre.
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Yours in Health and Wellness
The Team at Spinalogic
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