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Can I adjust myself?

Written By Moss Chiropractic of Inverness on March 2, 2017

This Blog post is very poignant this week.  I had a person enter the office as an urgent patient because their upper back hurt so bad they could barely breath.  When I asked them how this occurred they were honest with me and told me that their significant other tried to 'crack their back' by crossing the arms in front of them and lifting them off the ground and shaking them.  Yes, most of us have done this at some point, but as a chiropractor who understands the biomechanics of what is being done, I can tell you that you're not doing anyone any good.

So, upon examination I realize that not only had they been injured in the process of trying to crack their back at home, but it is very likely that they have a cracked rib to boot!  If you've ever fractured a rib you know just how uncomfortable that is.

I've seen patients who have cracked their own necks or back for years and ended up with bulging/herniated discs and arthritic changes that are abnormal for their age.  I even had one young lady who cracked her neck at school, lost complete control of the muscles in her neck and her head literally fell and hit the desk.  Unbelievable!

So what's the difference?  Simply put, it's the skill and knowledge that most people do not have.  It's also HOW it's done.  And adjustment is typically delivered from the back to the front.  That is because a vertebra usually subluxates backward.  Simply twisting the joints until the crack will NOT move that vertebra in the direction it needs to go. You arms simply don't move in that direction, nor can they generate any strength from that direction.  You really need a highly skilled chiropractor to make sure that you are not only going to get better - but also to make sure you don't injury yourself or others.

So, in short, NO, you cannot adjust yourself --- and neither can I.  As skilled as I am, my arms don't bend the right way, either.

The next time you feel like you need to crack your back or neck, PLEASE call me.  For more information on us check out our website here,

Dr. Brett Moss

Call us at 352 419 6548, we can help!

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