Should I Crack My Own Back?

| January 12, 2013

People love to adjust themselves because it not only feels good, but it also saves them money in not having to go to the Chiropractor. But are those people really doing themselves a disservice by trying to take matters into their own hands? The fact is that even Chiropractors can’t adjust themselves, and need to go to other Chiropractors to get treated. Here’s why:

Fixation is a better term than subluxation in describing spinal dysfunction. When the spine undergoes repetitive trauma with the activities of everyday living, the ligaments that hold the spine together get torn. The body heals these tears by laying down calcium on top of them as a form of cement. The calcium hardens and over time turns into bone spurs that then become a source of compression and irritation for the spinal nerve roots as they exit from the spine. The nerve compression causes the muscles to spasm creating fixations of the spinal joints. Muscles do not spasm by themselves however, they must have a signal and that signal comes from the compressed nerve affected by the fixation, subluxation, or misalignment of the spine.

Chiropractors look specifically for these areas of fixation where the spine is interfering with proper nerve flow, and with their adjustments, help to restore normal function to the body. These spinal fixations however, create areas of increased mobility or hypermobility in the spine directly above and below the site of fixation. When you try to adjust your own spine, you are moving these areas of hyper mobility and not the fixations. This in turn creates further damage by tearing the very ligaments that are supposed to support the spine.

So by cracking your own spine, you are actually making your problems worse. It’s like trying to kill a fly with a shotgun; you end up doing more harm than good. Chiropractors are the spinal experts. They know what to adjust and what to leave alone. Every joint within the spine doesn’t need to be adjusted; only those segments that are misaligned. Chiropractors are the only licensed Doctors fully trained and qualified to treat spinal dysfunction. Let them be the ones to treat your spine and unlock the natural healing ability of the body.

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Category: Chiropractic

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With more than 20 years of family practice, Dr. Keenan specialize in a holistic approach to health and wellness encompassing all age groups from infants to seniors.

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