Nearly every day I hear a patient say, “I crack my own neck” and they wonder why the results aren’t the same as they get in the office. The short answer is that when you crack your own neck, you’re likely moving the wrong bones. You may hear the same “popping” noise you hear when a chiropractor adjusts you. (That’s air releasing from the joints.) And you might get temporary relief. But when you crack or pop your own neck, you will cause long-term damage because you’re overstretching the ligaments and connective tissue. A good chiropractor will find the vertebra that needs to be adjusted and adjust it in the correct way. This frees up the restricted joint, reduces inflammation and reduces pressure from the nerves. This is one reason we take X-Rays on almost every patient at Precision Chiropractic—to make sure we identify exactly where the problem is and know how fix it.
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