Self adjustments… is it safe? – Although you might think that chiropractic treatments performed by Just Adjust Chiropractic in Saint George are simple enough that they can be performed by family and friends, or even by yourself, but this is not true. Many people consider adjusting themselves, such as cracking their neck.
How convenient it would be to safely and properly adjust ourselves! The reality is, there is an important distinction between “cracking” your own spine and receiving an adjustment to your spine. The latter cannot be done by ourselves, thus the reason why even chiropractors need to receive adjustments by other chiropractors!
Do self-adjustments work?
There are many forms of self adjustments that some people believe can be successful, and these include neck cracking and knuckle popping. These exercises can produce short term relief for patients that are afflicted by pain brought on by a certain condition. Many people with arthritis adjust themselves throughout the day in order to relieve discomfort.
Although this may create the same popping sound as adjustments performed by a chiropractor, they have no real health benefits. In fact, by doing so you are releasing endorphins that will affect your body for a maximum of 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes have subsided, you will often be left with the same pain as before.
Are self-adjustments dangerous?
Self adjustments can lead to a number of risks and even make your condition worse. Although rumors that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis are only based on conjecture, if you decide to self-adjust your neck, this can lead to a number of major side effects. This is particularly the case if you crack it too often, using an incorrect method or with too much force. In fact, this may even leave you with a permanent health problem that needs to be looked at by a chiropractor.
Why You Can’t Do a Real Adjustment on Yourself
Many things have to come together for an adjustment to happen. The patient has to be in the right position, the joint needs to be taken to its physiological end play, and the chiropractor must chose a precise point of the contact on the joint. Then, the thrust happens, in all its specific vector, speed and force. It is physically impossible to transfer the energy to create the thrust from your body to your own body, all while taking the specific contact on the joint and tension out of it.
Don’t crack your own back!
It’s common for people to recruit the help of their friends to “crack” their backs. They often think this will provide them with some much-needed relief from pain, soreness or stiffness. However, many of the processes people use to crack the back are counterproductive.
For example, one common solution is to have a friend stand or walk on the back. This results in too much weight being focused on a small area of the body. This can actually cause new back injuries, or aggravate existing ones. It can also cause damage to the abdominal and pelvic organs. For these reasons, it’s a method you should completely avoid altogether.
Often, people who attempt to crack their own backs or have friends do it for them simply don’t have an understanding of the inner workings of their bodies. They don’t realize the chance of injury they’re exposing themselves to. Ultimately, trying to manipulate segments of the spine without the proper training can be extremely dangerous and could potentially cause permanent, serious damage to the body in some circumstances.
What can you do instead?
Instead, it would be best if you look for other ways of getting relief from your pain. Carrying out exercises that have been specially developed to gently stretch and relieve tension in your muscles can provide relief.
Why should you find a trained chiropractor?
If you do want to get spinal manipulations and adjustments, it is important that you visit a trained chiropractor. Instead of simply doing what feels right, chiropractors are experts in their field and have often been to college in order to learn the ropes of their profession. They know what can cause your body pain, as well as the risks of what could harm your body. Furthermore, they can develop an individualized treatment plan for you that take your specific needs into account. They will be able to diagnose you with any medical conditions that you have not previously known about and even prescribe other treatments, such as physical therapy, which can help you to progress on your healing journey.
If you want to overcome your health condition, you should contact our team at Just Adjust Chiropractic, in St. George, Utah, to discuss your condition and to book an initial appointment. Our chiropractic clinic in Southern Utah can provide you with a variety of spinal adjustment methods that you would not be able to, or even should do, yourself, for medical concerns ranging from lower back pain to arthritis and chronic pain.