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I Would Rather Do It Myself

Posted by on Friday, December 4, 2009, 15:06
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Have you ever bent over and heard your spine snap, crackle and pop like a bowl of breakfast cereal? Have you ever gotten out of bed in the morning and moved in exaggerated gestures to make your body create popping sounds, after which you felt immeasurably better for awhile? Have you ever thought you didn’t need to see a chiropractor because you could do an adjustment on yourself ?

Every doctor has, at one time or another, been at a social function where someone wants to demonstrate how easy it is to “crack” themselves. They proceed to assume a variety of positions that cause large popping sounds to emanate from their spine. “See,” they say triumphantly, “how hard is it to do that?”

The truth is, the more you can stretch your spine, the healthier your spine will be. Spinal exercises or stretches, like yoga, are good for you and will probably make you feel better. However, if the vertebrae aren’t moving when your spine is “popping” from these stretches, they will continue to make cracking sounds until your doctor has been able to adjust the cause of your nerve interference and correct it.

Only your chiropractor knows the exact technique and force necessary to correct your nerve interference.

It’s also possible that you have a misalignment which is  beneficial. Sometimes, the body has to misalign the vertebrae in order to prop up a weakened area of the spine. These are called compensatory or defensive misalignments. The doctor of chiropractic will recognize that and not attempt to change it, It takes expertise to determine the difference between compensatory misalignment and nerve interference.

If you or a well meaning friend play around with spinal manipulation1 you can do real harm if you further weaken an area that’s already in trouble. One other word of caution. Occasionally we hear of someone who was paralyzed, and after falling out of a wheelchair, suddenly could walk. It’s true that in rare instances there is an accidental adjustment that restores mobility to people who have been afflicted with limited mobility for months or years. However, these instances are so rare that they are usually well publicized when they occur.

When it happens, it’s magical. But don’t assume it’s going to happen to you. Statistically, you’d have a better chance of winning the lottery. Instead, call a chiropractor and have your spine checked out so you can be your best every day.


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1 Response to “I Would Rather Do It Myself”

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    4 December, 2009, 21:17

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