Why Cracking Your Back or Neck Causes More Problems than It Solves

While cracking you back or neck may create temporary relief from tightness or stiffness, you are likely causing more problems than you are solving. Cracking your neck or back stretches your ligaments, which will not return to normal if stretched excessively.

As a result, your spine can become unstable, which can cause a host of problems from spinal arthritis to decay or degeneration to damage.

If you feel like you need to crack your back or neck, there’s an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. The body’s natural reaction to misalignment of the spine is to tighten the muscles around the area to protect itself. Pain or tightness is your body sending the message that the spine is out of alignment.

The cracking noise you hear is the joints releasing fluid or gas within the joints. If you hear a cracking noise during normal stretching, it’s fine as long as there’s no pain. But if you crack your back regularly on purpose, you can damage the area even more.

A properly aligned spine shouldn’t feel like it needs to be cracked. If you do feel the need continuously, it’s time to get professional help.

Our goal at Hands On Health Care is to find the core problem of your back and neck pain, so you can take steps to relieve and eliminate it with proper exercise and treatment. Don’t live your life in pain. Call us today to learn more.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help After Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries vary widely, from trauma after an accident to pain from repetitive motion. Seeking chiropractic care after an injury on the job can improve your recovery time as well as reduce the chance of further injury.

The goal of chiropractic care is to relieve pain, strengthen muscles and provide lasting relief after a workplace injury. We want to get you back to work safely and as soon as possible.

Common workplace injuries include:

  • Accidents
  • Physical trauma
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Headache
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinitis
  • Tingling and numbness in legs and arms.

After a careful medical evaluation, Dr. LeGat and his team will create an individual plan that addresses the core problems related to your workplace injury. We will help you make changes that will alleviate pain as well as prevent the injury from getting worse.

If you experienced a workplace injury, don’t suffer more than you have to. Treatment allows your body to begin healing itself and improves recovery time.

Take control of your health. Contact us today.