Performing Chiropractic Adjustments on Yourself: A Bad Idea
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Should you adjust yourself instead of going to a chiropractor? No way! You won’t even find chiropractors who adjust themselves because it can be dangerous and it could be inaccurate. The following are some reasons you should go to the professionals instead of trying adjustments on your own.
The Professionals Know Which Joint to Target
Have you ever moved your neck in just the right way that it popped? Whether you felt relief after or not, you had no idea what vertebra actually moved. When a chiropractor performs an adjustment, it is only after careful assessment of which vertebrae need to be adjusted. The chiropractor has the proper training to target very specific areas of the spine in order to realign it to proper position. When someone does it on their own, they are just popping anything that moves when they give their head a push.
Vertebrae Move In Multiple Directions
Did you know a vertebra can move in multiple directions? Sixteen to be exact! If you are going to try a chiropractic adjustment on yourself, how do you know which way to move your vertebra? Unfortunately, many people pop their own necks or crack their own backs, but what they’re not realizing is the vertebra is moving the wrong direction. It might feel temporarily relieved, but only a chiropractor can get it back in its proper position.
That temporary relief you’re feeling, by the way, is just a release of endorphins. That popping noise you hear releases them into the body. It gives you momentary pain relief, but after just about 20 minutes or so, you’ll feel the need to pop your neck or back again. That is why you’ll see people popping their knuckles, necks or backs over and over again all day long.
A Chiropractor Has the Right Tools
Chiropractors don’t just use their hands for manipulations. There are sometimes tools used to give a more precise adjustment to a targeted area. The typical individual doesn’t have those instruments and tools necessary to complete an adjustment correctly.
Chiropractors also have the credentials to do the job the right way. He or she has gone to years of school, practiced in controlled settings and has a license to practice chiropractics in your state.
Contacting a Chiropractor
Have more questions? Worried you may have damaged your joints by performing chiropractic adjustments on yourself? Contact a chiropractor in Capitol Heights, MD today for answers to your questions and to learn what you should do to correct any damage you may have caused.
Thanks to AmeriWell Clinics for their insight into chiropractic care and why not to do your own adjustments.
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