Self-Adjustments – discover the truth

Self-adjustments, woman massaging her neck on grey background

Picture this: You wake up with a stiff neck or a nagging lower back ache. Your first instinct? Reach for that YouTube tutorial on self-adjustments. After all, it seems simple enough—just twist your spine, crack your joints, and voilà! Instant relief, right? Not so fast. In this article, we delve into the world of self-adjustments, separating myth from reality and shedding light on the risks and limitations.


The myth of the DIY adjustment

The Cracking Sound: We’ve all heard it—the satisfying crack when we twist our neck or back. It feels like we’ve just realigned the cosmos. But that sound isn’t necessarily a sign of success. It could be gas escaping from the joint, not a true adjustment.

Temporary Relief: Yes, sometimes self-adjustments provide momentary relief. But that relief might be masking an underlying issue. Imagine slapping a Band-Aid on a leaking dam- it won’t hold forever.


The risks you should know

Misalignment: Self-adjustments can worsen misalignments. Without proper assessment, you might inadvertently push a joint further out of place.

Joint Hypermobility: Some people are naturally more flexible. Self-adjustments can hyperextend joints, leading to instability and long-term problems.

Spinal Cord and Nerve Damage: The spine houses delicate nerves. A wrong move during self-adjustment could compress or irritate these nerves, causing pain, numbness, or worse.

Disc Herniation: If you have a bulging disc, self-adjustments can aggravate it. Imagine poking a bear—it won’t end well.


The limitations

Lack of Precision: Chiropractors undergo extensive training to master adjustment techniques. Self-adjustments lack precision and finesse.

Ignoring the Root Cause: Self-adjustments address symptoms, not causes. Pain is your body’s SOS signal; don’t silence it without understanding why it’s ringing.

Complexity of the Spine: The spine is a marvel of engineering. Attempting to adjust it without proper knowledge is like fixing a Swiss watch blindfolded.


When can you self-adjust safely?

Minor Stiffness: If you’re mildly stiff, gentle stretches may help. But proceed cautiously.

Maintenance: Some patients use self-adjustments as maintenance between professional visits. Communicate with your chiropractor.


Self-adjustments aren’t inherently evil, but they’re not a panacea either. Listen to your body, but also listen to the experts. Seek professional care when needed. Remember, your spine isn’t a DIY project—it’s a masterpiece that deserves skilled hands.

So, the next time you’re tempted to twist and crack, pause. Consider the risks, honour the limitations, and choose wisely. Your spine will thank you.


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